Officials are saying an Alaska Airlines Jet was struck by lightning after taking off from the Los Angeles International Airport today (July 18).

Alaska Airlines Jet Reportedly Struck By Lightning

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said after Alaska Airlines Flight 006 took off at 1:08 p.m. en route to Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., the pilot determined that the plane may have experienced a shock.

“The pilot noticed that it was likely struck by lightning, and out of an abundance of caution [decided] to turn around and land,” Egan said.

The plane returned to the airport, landing at 1:33 p.m., and the 159 passengers and six crew members safely disembarked.

Southern California is inundated with rain along with sporadic thunderstorms as a tropical storm off Baja California streamed northward.