Plane returns to Portland after lightning strike

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PORTLAND — Lightning struck a Spokane-bound Alaska Airlines flight Tuesday evening, soon after leaving Portland International Airport.

Spokeswoman Nancy Trott told The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/1h06sg6 ) the turboprop continued to function normally but returned to Portland as a precaution.

The plane's 66 passengers and four crew members got on another plane and left for Spokane about an hour later.