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User currently offlineDuckredbeard From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3602 times:

Spotted this story on MSNBC this morning. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30026723/ Aircraft lightning strikes are far more common than the general public is aware. If the media reported every time a commercial aircraft were struck by lightning, there would be a great deal of people who would consider not flying ever again. Look what happened with the birstrike news events. I'm not saying we should prevent the disclosure of the many small events that can cause an aircraft to divert, RTB, or IFSD. I'm just saying that the media need not over dramatize something that has happened to almost every commercial aircraft that has been in service for more than 5 years.

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User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10377 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3535 times:

The media reports it just because it sounds sensational, while not realizing that there's not a damn thing that can be done about it, so, why bother to report it.

It would be like reporting a sensational story about how many insects hit your windshield every year. Well, yeah....but what can you do to prevent it??? Nothing!!



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6370 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3524 times:

And 90% of the time, they do no damage whatsoever to the aircraft, although it sounds as if in this case it did... (the plane did turn back). It sounds like, from the news report, that the plane was struck several times.


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User currently offline413x3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3312 times:

I've always felt these topics are ridiculous. the media reports on what happens. Who are you to decide what is news worthy?

User currently offlineDuckredbeard From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

I've always felt that these topics are interesting. Users of this forum will discuss what happens. Who are you to decide what is topic worthy?

User currently offlineBochora From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2008, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3180 times:



Quoting Duckredbeard (Reply 4):
I've always felt that these topics are interesting. Users of this forum will discuss what happens. Who are you to decide what is topic worthy?

I quite agree.
It's interesting to hear about these things, for some people anyway.


User currently offlineTVNWZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 2369 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3113 times:



Quoting 413x3 (Reply 3):
I've always felt these topics are ridiculous

Bashing the media is blood sport on this board. Everyone is a journalist it seems.
I thought it was interesting too.


User currently offlineDuckredbeard From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

We have a local television station that sensationalizes anything that the local mainline carrier discloses. They seem to elaborate on all the inconveniences and injustices that the passengers are forced to deal with. When the same event happens to the local LCC, it seems to be reported as just another part of life. It doesn't help that the anchor person has an aura of shock and disbelief when reporting, seemingly appalled that anyone would ever want to fly in a commercial aircraft.

When my friends who are not in the industry see this, they feel compelled to ask what the #%!! is going on where I work. Imagine all the explanations had to be done after the MD-88 Aux Hyd pump wiring debacle. The local media bashed the local carrier every news hour for a week.

[Edited 2009-04-03 10:48:00]

User currently offlineAirNz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2974 times:



Quoting 413x3 (Reply 3):
I've always felt these topics are ridiculous. the media reports on what happens. Who are you to decide what is news worthy?



Quoting Duckredbeard (Reply 4):
I've always felt that these topics are interesting. Users of this forum will discuss what happens. Who are you to decide what is topic worthy?

Sorry, but I'm somewhat confused here and hope you can clarify. Taking your reply, how is it suddenly "interesting" yet the opening post claims it shouldn't even be worthy of being reported.....and hence I can understand what 413x3 was meaning?
IMO it was certainly a news story as the event did make the aircraft turn back......thus it wasn't as trivial as you are putting across.


User currently offlineDuckRedbeard From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2906 times:

I read 413x3's post to this thread as an attack on me and my post. I believe the topic of media bashing is interesting in this forum. I never said that the media attention to events such as this was interesting. The flying public has no idea that something like a bird or lightning strike usually isn't an issue that would bring a plane crashing to the ground. They see it happen on the evening news and then blame the airlines for not putting giant screens on the intakes or keeping the aircraft grounded during flight.

User currently offlineTdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2672 times:



Quoting Duckredbeard (Thread starter):
Aircraft lightning strikes are far more common than the general public is aware. If the media reported every time a commercial aircraft were struck by lightning, there would be a great deal of people who would consider not flying ever again.

The rule of thumb is one strike per year per aircraft (it varies with region and flight profile, obviously). So even the 737NG fleet alone is getting hit about 10 times a day.

Tom.


User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2656 times:

You think that's bad? Check this out from last week. I guess it doesn't take much to make the papers in Plattsburgh, New York.


http://www.pressrepublican.com/archi...esearch/local_story_071225119.html



What now?
User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15730 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2656 times:



Quoting AirNz (Reply 8):
Taking your reply, how is it suddenly "interesting" yet the opening post claims it shouldn't even be worthy of being reported.....

An aircraft being struck by lightening is not interesting.
Some clueless reporter breaking a story about aircraft being struck by lightening is interesting.... and worthy of ridicule.  banghead 



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User currently offlineEDICHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2372 times:



Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 11):
You think that's bad? Check this out from last week. I guess it doesn't take much to make the papers in Plattsburgh, New York.


http://www.pressrepublican.com/archi....html

Hmm although there is no video of that Allegiant flight I'm sure it wasn't nearly as scary as the LH A320 that clipped it's wingtip fence during an attempted landing a few months ago! Perhaps the good citizens of Plattsburgh would be better off going by train if they scare that easily.


User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2124 times:

Yeah; it's amazing how scary a routine wx related diversion can be  Wink

-A



What now?
User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1978 times:



Quoting KELPkid (Reply 2):
And 90% of the time, they do no damage whatsoever to the aircraft

I'd re-research that if I were you. It happens a lot more than you think.... and the damage can be pretty bad, especially on an Airbus....



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