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Being Struck By Lightening.....  
User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1255 times:

Although this may take some time to load I think you guys will like it.


Iain

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User currently offlineTripl7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1184 times:

Saw it first on Airliner World Oct 2000.
Is that where you got this one from Iain?
(I made sure I get your name right this time).


User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

No not from there, it is from another site.
Iain


User currently offlineAa777dr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1166 times:

Did anything critical happen to the airplane? (e.g. emergency landing)



User currently offlineTripl7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1160 times:

Iain, I just found out by accident that what you posted is not just a pic, it is a video too !
Very dramatic.


User currently offlinePhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

A perfect example of physics in action! The airframe forms a cage and the lightning passes through and continues to earth.

Whilst frightening (and often VERY loud), strikes on aircraft, although they can knock out some electrical equipment and leave some surface damage are rarely truly dangerous.

The odd case of an aircraft crashing as a direct result of a strike e.g. Pan American 707 at Elkton, Maryland, is normally due to leaking fuel.

Much more worrying than lightning are the windshears and microbursts associated with the storms which produce phenomena like this and there are very cogent arguments for not taking off and landing in such conditions.


User currently offlineDerek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1120 times:

WOW! That is totally awesome! It would be so scary to be on a plane that got struck by lightning...I would be freaking out...I bet everyone elce would be too! I wonder why that person was sitting outside in a lightning show taping the sky...very cool.

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1075 times:

I thought it was a great video! But I wonder if anyone on board (except the pilots) really knows what is going on.
Iain


User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

ANA IFE?  

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1049 times:

Fly what does that mean?
Iain


User currently offlinePanman From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Aug 1999, 790 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1013 times:

All Nippon Ailines In Flight Entertainment

paNMan


User currently offlineSurf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 981 times:

what kind of electrical equipment or systems would be knocked out by a lightning strike?

User currently offline777kicksass From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 668 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 969 times:

What aircraft was it?

User currently offlinePhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 969 times:

Surf,

It depends. I've certainly heard pilots report weather radar gone; there are radio blackouts (normally temporary) but there has been concern about glass cockpits being very prone to being knocked out.

I can't recall any reports of this and all glass cockpits carry basic analogue primary instruments anyway.


User currently offlineShankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1547 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 966 times:

And they say lightning doesn't strike twice.

Wasn't this pic. posted recently, or is that ANA 74 just very unlucky?

For the record, lightning did bring down an Iranian AF 747 over France in the 70's, but only because fuel ignited and blew the wing off...sounds familiar.



L1011 - P F M
User currently offlineRm-11 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 954 times:

I was on a NW DC-10 that was struck by lighting shortly after take off. This incident occurred a few days after Fourth of July of 95. The plane left Seattle just before evening in light rain. We flew though clouds for a long period of time. There was a small amount of turbulence, which was rather relaxing. People were starting to dose off, when all of a sudden the cabin filled with blue light and loud sound of thunder. The plane immediately dropped a little, just enough to loss your stomach. That's when all of the women, children, and some men started screaming. My mother woke up and grabbed my arm. The captain came on the radio several minutes later to explain what had happened and that we were able to continue to Minneapolis.

What's even stranger, an American West 320 that my wife and I were to fly on from SEA to LAS had been struck by lighting before landing at SEA. They cancelled the flight, and we ended up flying CO back to ATL.


User currently offlinePhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 946 times:

Shankly, it was near Madrid, Spain, not France.

Was lightning finally implicated in this? I remember weather was a factor.



User currently offlineGyro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 929 times:

Nice video of the Faraday cage in action....

User currently offlineANA767 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 901 times:

A JAS A300 I was flying in from Tokyo Haneda to Aomori was struck by lightning. As far as I know, there was no damage of any kind. We heard a loud crack, and just kept on flying. At first I thought the engine had exploded, but the pilot later came over the PA to explain that it was just lightning. Unlike the NW story above, there was ABSOLUTELY no reaction from the passengers. Why? Because Japanese people are EXTREMELY calm. (Many of them also carry on with their business during earthquakes). Being an American, it was kind of a surreal experience.

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