PhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (14 years 9 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1301 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.
Derek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 9 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1282 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.
Rm-11 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 140 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (14 years 9 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1116 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.
ANA767 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 9 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1063 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.