A flight from Cork to Edinburgh had to be diverted to Dublin twice this morning.
The Aer Lingus flight, operated by Stobart Air, departed Cork at 6.40am today bound for the Scottish capital.
However, it was diverted to Dublin Airport due to a technical difficulty not long after taking off, and landed at 8.25am.
The issue was resolved and the flight took off again just over an hour later at 9.35am.
However, the plane was subsequently struck by lightning and had to return to Dublin Airport for a second time, where it landed at 10.25am.
All passengers on board were offered alternative flights or a full refund.
A spokesperson for Stobart Air, who operate the Aer Lingus regional service said: “We can confirm that flight EI3806 from Cork to Edinburgh diverted to Dublin due to a technical issue this morning which was corrected.
“Shortly following departure from Dublin, the aircraft was struck by lightning and re-routed and landed at Dublin Airport. The flight has been cancelled and passengers were offered the next available flight from Dublin to Edinburgh. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our passengers.”