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My First Lightning Strike...and Hopefully Last.  
User currently offlineJamesAg96 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9982 times:

Got upgraded to first today from IAH to LAS on a CO 757300. Weather in and around Houston was bad, so on climb out we were in the clouds. As such, and since I am a self confessed wimp-getting better-but a wimp...I stare out the window looking for blue sky.

All of a sudden there is a BOOM, like nothing I had heard, the Plane jumps in the sky and there is a shower of what looked like fire and sparks that goes down the left side of the plane. I immediately think we struck something, but at this altitude? And what would cause the sparks? It woke those asleep up, and a bunch of people were freaking out.

Pilot comes on ten minutes later and says a lightning bolt hit close...not us...but close....right I think, any closer and it would have been in my seat.

3 vodka's and some meds later I was fine...passed out and woke up in time to take this:



Anyone else have some similar stories?




Why Kate, You're not wearing a bustle. How lewd.
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User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9936 times:

My best story is that I have flown over storms and actually seen the light from the lightning strikes up above. I have also flown over tornados which are really cool to see from above even though it still looks like regular clouds.

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9883 times:

>>>3 vodka's and some meds later I was fine...passed out and woke up in time to take this:

No offense intended, but fearful flyer or not, mixing meds and alcohol plus 3 hours at a cabin altitude of 8,000 feet or so is NOT a good combination. Glad you made it, this time, but you're asking for problems if you continue.

Nice picture of the dam. Lake Mead was down to about 55% of normal when we were there last summer.


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 9863 times:

3 vodka's and some meds later I was fine...passed out and woke up in time to take this

Skip the meds next time, double the vodkas!  Big thumbs up



User currently offlineWakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1293 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 9850 times:

Wow, that was an interesting story. I hope I am never in that situation. The closest I have come to lightning in a plane was seeing a huge storm from the plane, but the cloud to cloud lightning was awesome.
-Matt



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User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1004 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9695 times:

closest to lighning was a landing in FRA last year. closed the airport right after touchdown and we couldnt get out of the plane for half an hour. some 3 or 4 minutes before touch down, below 3000 feet (i guess) there was a thunderstorm like a wall to the close left of the plane. some lightning came down 1 to 2 kilometers away i think. no danger, but a cool landing anyway for freaks like me.


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User currently offlineJamesAg96 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9676 times:

OPNLguy...you are indeed right...no offense taken. It was more of a gut reaction to the situation...I may have lucked out because the FA took my third one away when I fell asleep so I only made it about half way through.

I had seen lightning in the distance before, but nothing ever like this. Was glad to get above it.



Why Kate, You're not wearing a bustle. How lewd.
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24815 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9659 times:

Is that Hoover dam in the photo?


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User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 9587 times:

Is that Hoover dam in the photo?

That is affirmative Kirke.



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User currently offlineJamesAg96 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9375 times:

That is Hoover...I woke up and SHIT...that's Hoover damn. Took pictures as quickly as I could. Turned out ok...


Why Kate, You're not wearing a bustle. How lewd.
User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9340 times:

>>>I had seen lightning in the distance before, but nothing ever like this. Was glad to get above it.

Lighting strikes and static discharges occur to aircraft all the time, and it's nothing to be overly concerned about. You're probably at a greater personal risk from the booze/med combination than you are from the lightning.

There's a video floating around somewhere of a 747 climbing out after takeoff over in Japan somewhere, and they take a lightning strike right on the nose, and it exits the tail. Impressive, but comforting at the same time...


User currently offlineJamesAg96 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9287 times:

"Lighting strikes and static discharges occur to aircraft all the time, and it's nothing to be overly concerned about. You're probably at a greater personal risk from the booze/med combination than you are from the lightning."

I know I know...in fact I tell people all of the time that they are made so that the charge is made to pass right through with minimal to no damage to the craft...seems I forgot all things common sensical...and I watch too many damn movies.

OPNLguy...again you are looking out for my best interest with the chiding for the booze/med combination...thanks, and welcome to the RU list.




Why Kate, You're not wearing a bustle. How lewd.
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9266 times:

Likely the part about "the plane jumps in the sky" was the concussion wave from the lightning... The same thing that causes the sound of thunder. Lightning superheats the air it travels through, causing rapid expansion and producing a concussion wave radiating outward.


redngold



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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9231 times:

The first link is to that 747 clip (although it seems to only work intermittently) and the second link is to a previous thread that had some lightning damage photos...

http://lightning.pwr.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/lrg/temp/plane.html

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1445151/4/

There are also a couple of still photos within the first few pages of this report...

http://plaza.ufl.edu/rakov/ProgressinAerospaceSciencespaper.pdf


[Edited 2005-02-02 16:31:44]

User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2380 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9097 times:

Nice dam picture! The next time I take a Vegas Vacation, I want to take a dam tour with a dam guide........  Big grin


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User currently offlineJumbojet From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8387 times:

cool pic. what kind of camera was used, with what kind of lens?

User currently offlineTransSwede From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 993 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8103 times:

Lightning strikes are quite common.

I once got struck in a DL 767-300 from MCO to ATL (continuing to ONT) - I actually saw the lightning contact the wing, and the whole plane shook.

The captain came on a few seconds later and explained what happened, and that they were going to continue to ATL since they could not detect any problem with the aircraft.

But after we landed in ATL, a grund inspection revealed that a tiny hole had been burned in the nose cone of the 767. Apparently the lightning had entered the aircraft in the nose and exited on the left wing. Or the other way around.  Smile

So our continuing flight to ONT had to be delayed due to equipment change.

- Lars


User currently offlineJamesAg96 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8077 times:

I use a Sony DSC-V1...has a Zeiss lense and is 5megapixel..that is actually one of the better ones I have taken. Not sure yet how to use all of the bells and whistles on it yet.




Why Kate, You're not wearing a bustle. How lewd.
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8014 times:

Looks like they're moving right along on the Hoover Dam Bypass Road project.

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineBALandorLivery From UK - England, joined Jan 2005, 360 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 7170 times:

Interesting story.

It is not uncommon for aircraft to get struck by lightning though.

There are static discharge wicks on the trailing edge of the flight sufraces of most if not all commercial aircraft.They help to get rid of the energy from a lightning strike.

Regds.


User currently offlineAogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 935 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6960 times:

I was jumpseating on a 757 a couple of years ago, descending thru about 8000'i into SYR, light drizzle but nothing major, when all of a sudden we took a hit directly below the F/O's windshield. I had never experienced that before, it sounded like an M80 went off in the cockpit, and within less than second I could smell that 'electrical' smell. It blinded the crew for a few seconds, and it took me a couple of seconds to recognize that it was lightning, but for a moment I thought that the plane was coming apart. Didn't even have time to crap my pants. Awesome power.....just made for a rather exciting day at the office.

User currently offlineATLFLyer323 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 613 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6438 times:

ok just asking but don't plane have lightning resistant fuselage??


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User currently offlineJeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 832 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6313 times:

James,

On an unrelated topic, I finally understand your signature:

Why Kate, You're not wearing a bustle. How lewd.

That's one of Doc Holliday's quips to Big Nose Kate in the movie Tombstone, which I saw for the first time recently. Val Kilmer had some hilarious lines in that role, my favorite being his response to McMasters when asked where Earp was after a big shootout, "Down by the creek, walking on water."

Anyway, I was on a Mohawk airlines flight back in the day when I was very young and we encountered a storm and heavy turbulence with several close calls with lightning. It scared the daylights out of me.

-Jeff



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User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1796 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6253 times:

I experienced the same thing last year on a Korean 777 landing in a blinding snowstorm in DFW of all places. The lightning struck the number one engine right where I was seated and made a hughe explosion of light and thunder.
Everyone was scared to death but we continued on and were on the ground 15 minutes later. The pilots never came on until we were on the ground taxiing towards the gate to explain what had happened... The aircraft was grounded for the return flight and never left. Needless to say, an interesting way to end a 11 hr flight!


User currently offlineCitjet From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6130 times:

When I lived in Hawaii, our car was hit by lightning! Just a big BANG!
Also lived in Switzerland and ooooohhhhh the thunderstorms. You haven't seen anything like it until you see lightning interconnect with all of the neighboring lightning rods on all of the roof peaks. Its a trip. Here at the Airport I work at, I have helped change static wicks that have been melted to nothing because the A/C was struck in flight. Pretty cool!


25 OPNLguy : >>>ok just asking but don't plane have lightning resistant fuselage?? No matter what man could engineer into an aircraft structure, there's no way to
26 JamesAg96 : Well I am somewhat relieved to see others have had similar experiences...and similar emotional reactions. JeffSFO...great movie.
27 Dogfighter2111 : 2 years ago i was arriving back in GLA from Greece on a JMC B757-200 and the weather was terrible, so my home airport EDI was closed and all traffic w
28 4holer : Looks like they're moving right along on the Hoover Dam Bypass Road project That was my first thought looking at the pic as well. Can't wait till it o
29 Post contains links 777WT : Here's a more reliable link for the lighting footage caught: http://fnadot.club.fr/747.htm
30 Post contains links OPNLguy : Thanks for posting a better link for the 747 video... Check this out on the Hoover project... http://www.hooverdambypass.org/
31 SonOfACaptain : Although, very rare, if there is a defect, planes can actually make lightning. This happened once to my dad when he was flying a King Air, created a h
32 FlyMIA : Yea lighting is nothing dangerous, it happens often and nothing happens to the plane. Just like when lighting would hit a car.
33 Citjet : I have seen electrical discharge into the cloud from the wing of a Cessna 402, but certainly no damage done to the A/C. Maybe the fuel cap blew off or
34 SonOfACaptain : Maybe the fuel cap blew off or something....on the King Air that is. Naw, there was actually damage. If fact, the company got a new King Air from Beec
35 Newyork355 : I think back in 1994 or 1995, I was flying from DCA-TPA on a USAir 737-400. As we were turning into our short finals to land at TPA, it was storming,
36 JamesAg96 : I had no idea there was a Hoover bypass project...thanks for the compliments on the picture.
37 Post contains images Wukka : Lightning on any flight can be a harrowing experience. I've flown in some nasty storms with lightning all over the place, but have never been privvy t
38 Post contains images RobK : I had no idea there was a Hoover bypass project...thanks for the compliments on the picture. Me neither I was shortly about to ask if there used to be
39 USAFHummer : "My best story is that I have flown over storms and actually seen the light from the lightning strikes up above. I have also flown over tornados which
40 Greasespot : Raython will not replace and aircraft because of a defect....they would fix the defect....blus on a king air you can replace a wing quite easily....yo
41 Aviationhack : Lightning along with all forms of electricity, will travel to a ground through the path of least resistance. I'm assuming that although some damage wi
42 TUNisia : This past August while flying from TUN-FCO on AZ (A320) we were struck right after takeoff. The weather was quite bad yet we still departed. We were s
43 Post contains links Adriaticus : > I beg to disagree. Lightning can be a serious matter, depending on the conditions... Like the Iranian air force B747 that went down because of a lig
44 Yukimizake : "I have also flown over tornados which are really cool to see from above even though it still looks like regular clouds." Airlinerfreak/AAplatnumflier
45 AlitaliaMD11 : sounds scary! I hope that something like this will not happen to me in the future. I know what it is like to fly in a storm, I was in a UX flight goin
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