JamesAg96 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 10118 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:
Airlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 10072 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.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 10019 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.
WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1296 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 9986 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.
Macc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1065 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9831 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.
I exchanged political frustration with sexual boredom. better spoil a girl than the world
JamesAg96 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9812 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.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 9476 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...
JamesAg96 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 9423 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.
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 9402 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.
TransSwede From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8239 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.
So our continuing flight to ONT had to be delayed due to equipment change.
Aogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 935 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7096 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.
JeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 845 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6449 times:
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.
Crownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1943 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6389 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!
Citjet From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6266 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!
: >>>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
: Well I am somewhat relieved to see others have had similar experiences...and similar emotional reactions. JeffSFO...great movie.
: 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
: 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
: Here's a more reliable link for the lighting footage caught: http://fnadot.club.fr/747.htm
: Thanks for posting a better link for the 747 video... Check this out on the Hoover project... http://www.hooverdambypass.org/
: 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
: Yea lighting is nothing dangerous, it happens often and nothing happens to the plane. Just like when lighting would hit a car.
: 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
: 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
: 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,
: I had no idea there was a Hoover bypass project...thanks for the compliments on the picture.
: 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
: 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
: "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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: > 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
: "I have also flown over tornados which are really cool to see from above even though it still looks like regular clouds." Airlinerfreak/AAplatnumflier
: 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