pilotaydin
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Struck By Lightning At 10,000 Feet Tonight

Wed May 03, 2006 5:45 am

just wanted to share a small story, was jumpseating home tonight to ESB from IST, and the equip was TK 738, the weather was perfect in istanbul and we climbed to FL290, while descending into ankara, we noticed there was a squall line spaning across our flight path, while playing with the heading feature and avoiding, we were doing a great job keeping it clean, until the last turn towards final where we had to go through some green and occasional yellow echo during the descent, the LAST cloud we went through, it turned DAMN dark, started smashing rain against the windshield, and then as if a bomb had gone off in the cockpit a massive bolt smashed onto the left front of the radome, and everything went super bright, to the point where we couldnt see anything, and then the thunder sounded like a bomb planted a foot from my ear....everything felt silent for a second or two then with the ringing in my ears dimming down i could hear again....then we got out of the cloud and landed safely ILS runway 03L...

some people paniced in the back, we found out after landing, some thought it was a bomb initially from the way it sounded....there was very minor damage during the post flight inspection....

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mbg
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RE: Struck By Lightning At 10,000 Feet Tonight

Wed May 03, 2006 8:49 am

Pilotaydin,

Happy to hear all is OK. What sort of minor damage was there?

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RE: Struck By Lightning At 10,000 Feet Tonight

Thu May 04, 2006 6:17 am

Hi There Pilotaydin,
Coming from you it is incredible, sounds like a scary ride. I am glad it ended up OK.
Thanks for sharing.
 
pilotaydin
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RE: Struck By Lightning At 10,000 Feet Tonight

Thu May 04, 2006 6:22 am

well....altima edecektim yani lol

experiences are awesome, but easier said than done kinda deal...
The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!
 
pilotaydin
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RE: Struck By Lightning At 10,000 Feet Tonight

Thu May 04, 2006 6:25 am

i tracked the weather system we were in, it later moved on towards Sochi, where the accident occured, if the weather was anything like it was for us, out there, it wasn't nice at all...AT ALL.....

in fact there were some high speed winds at altitude, we landed at 8pm local time, the system moved NE for the next 6-7 hours....when the accident occured i think in the early AM...RIP...very sad..
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RE: Struck By Lightning At 10,000 Feet Tonight

Thu May 04, 2006 6:37 am

Quoting Pilotaydin (Reply 4):
i tracked the weather system we were in, it later moved on towards Sochi,

Gecmis olsun,
I am sure the info. about your experience is passed onto other planes, and other centers. How well organized is this info. sharing? and what can you do, but go and fly in it?
Also is there a TK policy on the number of attempted landings allowed?
Thank you.
 
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RE: Struck By Lightning At 10,000 Feet Tonight

Thu May 04, 2006 8:47 am

Good description! About 8 years ago during my 727 days I was F/O in a similar situation with a real jackass of a captain. The guy was an old-timer and we heard had a few violations under his belt. We had just gotten out of MIA headed up to JFK. The F/E and I were busy charting a way to get around the mess ahead and the captain was sitting there with his seat in the reclined position lighting a cigarette. He was convinced what laid ahead "wasn't much" and wouldn't take our advice. This F/E had some miles on him and had been around. He leaned up and whispered to me, "you're gonna wish your mother never met your father". About 2 minutes later I felt like we were in a metal garbage can with 10 guys beating the hell out of it with metal bats. Then we took a hit on the radome that unleashed chaos back on the panel. By the time our eyes recovered I thought the F/E was gonna lose it, but I kept him calm. Captain Lightning was one of only 2 people to ever go on my No-Fly list.
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