Miley Cyrus says she's safe after plane hit by lightning en route to Paraguay

The aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing

Singer Miley Cyrus was on a flight to Asuncion to perform a concert with other artists. Reuters
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Pop star Miley Cyrus said on Wednesday that her plane had been struck by lightning en route to a concert near Paraguay's capital, Asuncion, forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing.

"To my fans and everyone worried after hearing about my flight to Asuncion. Our plane was caught in a major unexpected storm and struck by lighting," she wrote on Twitter. Her post included a video of the view from the aircraft's window showing lightning flashing outside.

"My crew, band, friends and family who were all travelling with me are safe after an emergency landing," Cyrus said.

Cyrus, who has 46.5 million Twitter followers and whose hits include Wrecking Ball, was scheduled to arrive on Tuesday night at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport to perform with other artists as part of Asuncionico music festival.

Felix Kanazawa, head of the National Directorate of Civil Aviation of Paraguay, told local media that owing to severe weather the plane had landed at Guarani International Airport, near the town of Ciudad del Este, on the border with Brazil.

Cyrus flew on to the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo several hours later, Kanazawa said.

Event organisers suspended the festival because of the weather alert after the storm unleashed heavy downpours, leaving cars submerged and causing power outages in the capital and areas around the metropolitan area, authorities said.

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Updated: March 24, 2022, 5:28 AM