FAEDC3 From Ecuador, joined Jun 2007, 164 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 12312 times:
Hi, this is my first posting, so be gentle please... I have been reading the posts on the forum for about 3 years and finally registered.
I´ve found this video and even though I look it up on the database I couldn't find anything related, sorry if it has been posted before. It looked pretty amazing to me, I travel fairly often and have been struck once, which is not a pleasant experience at all. Hope you like it.
Fr8Mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6206 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 12198 times:
Sometimes it's noticed, sometimes not. Damage is usually restricted to burns on the surface, especially at fasterners, but sometimes you get serious damage (disbond and burning) to flight contol trailing edges.
Halophila From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 649 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 11978 times:
Scariest flight moment i've ever had; HA43 on Feb 21 this year heading out of SJC to HNL. There was only dense cloud on takeoff no thunder or lightning. 20 seconds after takeoff, were about to start climbing, engines reved and we started to ascend, when BANG!!!!!!!! And there was a tremendous flash of light outside the plane. And the engines were throttled back immediately (we flew level for a while) First thing I did was to look back at the engines through the windows (I was in 16H), both were still there. I honestly thought there may have been some kind of contained engine failure.
In any event Hawaiian almost needed to purchase new upholstery in that seat - I fly a lot and that certainly freaked me out!!!
Pr1268 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 11873 times:
This post reminds me of the John Lithgow segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie where he freaks out on board a 707 flying through a thunderstorm. Lightning takes out an engine but he's convinced wingwalking gremlins are to blame...
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't William Shatner play this very role in the original television series? My personal impression is that this video segment would scare anyone away from flying ever again!
The only time an aircraft has too much fuel is when it is on fire.
ImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 11441 times:
Quoting Vhqpa (Reply 8): Wasn't there a 707 bought down by a lightning strike in the 60's?
December 8, 1963, On a flight from SJU to PHL,and after a stop at BWI, PA 707-121 N709PA crashed (Elkton,MD) after lightning strike caused air-fuel explosion in a fuel tank. This particular aircraft had been delivered WITHOUT static-discharge wicks. Was quite the "bruhaha" over this little detail, and much research was done on fuel-tank venting, etc. Also brought (more) attention to the use of the particularly volatile JP-4 jet fuel in commercial jetliners.
Of note this was the aircraft that had the honor of inaugurating the first ever commercial jetliner service in the United States while on lease to NA, IDL-MIA December 10, 1958.
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough!"
Spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3885 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 11114 times:
There was a 747 being delivered to the Iranian Air Force that may have been brought down by lightning as well - cause was never conclusively determined (lightning was not the leading theory, but it is a theory), but the plane did break up in mid-air after being struck by lightning. The accident report leans on suggesting this was coincidence.
What I'm wondering is if a plane gets struck on takeoff like this, is it SOP for it to return to the airport? Or do the pilots just keep going if everything seems to be working?
And what about if a plane gets hit at cruise? Land at the nearest airport for checks or continue on?
I'm tired of being a wanna-be league bowler. I wanna be a league bowler!
Phishphan70 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 10993 times:
most lightning strikes don't cause dammage because lightning wants to ground itself. sure if it is going past a huge metal object, it may pass through, but without the electricity grounding itself, it's hard for it to release any of its energy.
now with that being said, one of the first flying stories my dad ever told me about was when he was flying an AA DC-10 in the 70's when the plane was struck by lightnight, and he said there was a bolt that shot all the way down the isle and traveled into the cockpit. he said he was diverted, and subsequently missed an interview that afternoon.
any way you slice it, lightning is one of those things that nature created and i for one hope i never have a run in with any...
LH498 From Germany, joined May 2007, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 10531 times:
Amazing and yet scary video!!
On a side note
Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 9): Of note this was the aircraft that had the honor of inaugurating the first ever commercial jetliner service in the United States while on lease to NA, IDL-MIA December 10, 1958.
It seems PA had bad luck with their "premiere" airplanes, if I remember correctly the 747 lost in Teneriffe was also their first 747.
NEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9703 times:
We were stacking over Toronto after the Gatwick flight on Air Transat when we saw the odd flash of lightening around us, nothing serious though. Suddenly there was a really loud bang and for a second i thought that an engine had exploded or something, there was no flash though, i assumed this was a lightening strike and in fact, had there been a flash it would have put us at ease quicker because we would have been able to relate the bang to something rather than wondering what happened. We were on the tarmac within about 10 minutes and having no announcement from the crew i guessed it was a run of the mill strike.
There isnt really a dark side to the moon, as a matter of fact its all dark!
Corsair1107 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9429 times:
When I was a kid I was flying MCO to BWI on a US 727 through a nasty thunderstorm. I remember both rows of windows suddenly flaring bright white and an almost instant thunderclap. Scared me out of my seat.
CodyKDiamond From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 537 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 9190 times:
Welcome to A.net!
I remember last year, I was on AA436 (B772), from DFW-MIA, we got struck by lightning in or descent. We also had a few windshears. Also, the lights flickered and we had the blue-white light. It was so scary! Tail was N775AN.
Tonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1983 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7844 times:
Welcome to A.net. Congratulations on making your first post. I'm sure some of you have been reading about the GSM flight from JFK-NOC has bee delayed "indefinately" since last Thursday due to the B757 being struck by lightening while it was landing at JFK on the inbound leg of the journey.