ktachiya
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OZ Domestic Flight Hit By Lightning!

Sat Jun 10, 2006 11:30 am

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20060609-00000316-yom-int

According the Korean news, an OZ flight 8942 (A321)from Cheju island to Gimpo was hit by lightening on 6/4 around 16:55 local time. It was approaching the airport and decended to 300 meters, when the aircraft did this, it was hit by hail and thunder and the very front of the plane (where the radar is in, dropped). In addition to this, there was a big hole in the engine and the glass on the cockpit cracked.

The captain immediately declared emergency and went around once to see if there was no problem with the landing gear and safely landed.

This flight had elementary school children that went to their school trip and were returning to Seoul. The cabin was in a pnaick when there was damage to the aircraft but it safely landed without any major injuries.



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Congrats to Asiana and the captain of the aircraft who didn't panick and landed the plane safely at GIM.

I never heard of the radar section flying off an aircraft upon approach. Wow, glad for the elementary children though.
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RE: OZ Domestic Flight Hit By Lightning!

Sat Jun 10, 2006 11:44 am

I am sure that was a hell of an experience!  duck 
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ktachiya
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RE: OZ Domestic Flight Hit By Lightning!

Sat Jun 10, 2006 11:47 am

You know, the one puzzling thing about this article is that it says that they had a total of 200 people on the plane. Can that be? What kind of a configuration was this ac?
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RE: OZ Domestic Flight Hit By Lightning!

Sat Jun 10, 2006 2:30 pm

Quoting Ktachiya (Reply 3):
What kind of a configuration was this ac



Quoting Ktachiya (Thread starter):
This flight had elementary school children

Two to a seat!
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RE: OZ Domestic Flight Hit By Lightning!

Sat Jun 10, 2006 3:04 pm

Standing room only...
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RE: OZ Domestic Flight Hit By Lightning!

Sat Jun 10, 2006 3:35 pm

Here's a link to a seat map of Asiana's A321. The A321 seats from 177 to 197 people, if you include the crew you easily reach 200. Note that the A321 on this seat map has 12 real busines class seats onboard. Perhaps there are A321 aircraft with economy seating only, aswell.

http://de.flyasiana.com/travelplanne...travelplanner_inflight_seatmap.asp
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RE: OZ Domestic Flight Hit By Lightning!

Sat Jun 10, 2006 7:15 pm

Here you can see a photo of the aircraft. (The article is Korean)

http://news.naver.com/news/read.php?mode=LSS2D&office_id=001&article_id=0001322987§ion_id=102§ion_id2=249&menu_id=102

Quoting Manni (Reply 6):

On Asiana's Korean language website, there is domestic version of A321 (A321-100) seat map with 200 passenger seats. 321-200 is international one.

http://flyasiana.com/service/article/article_seatmap01.asp#

[Edited 2006-06-10 12:18:19]
 
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RE: OZ Domestic Flight Hit By Lightning!

Sat Jun 10, 2006 8:43 pm

Well done to the pilots on this one!

A scary experience.
 
ktachiya
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RE: OZ Domestic Flight Hit By Lightning!

Sun Jun 11, 2006 4:19 am

Well done to OZ's flight attendants too.

The cabin must've been a panick when the children heard the thunder hitting the plane and having the parts drop off. I would presume that the children were crying but I guess their teachers and the FA's did a good job in settling it down.

Planes are designed to resist thunder right? But hail at this time of the year in GIM. Wow.
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RE: OZ Domestic Flight Hit By Lightning!

Sun Jun 11, 2006 7:51 am

I am trying to figure out why the pilots chose to fly into this storm. Most modern aircraft (including the A321) have good onboard weather radar that should clearly be able to see this storm, as well as ATC should not have vectored them anywhere near it.

Pilots, are there times when you would choose to fly through this as opposed to diverting ?
 
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RE: OZ Domestic Flight Hit By Lightning!

Sun Jun 11, 2006 8:51 am

Quoting Artsyman (Reply 9):
I am trying to figure out why the pilots chose to fly into this storm. Most modern aircraft (including the A321) have good onboard weather radar that should clearly be able to see this storm, as well as ATC should not have vectored them anywhere near it.

Pilots, are there times when you would choose to fly through this as opposed to diverting ?

Exactly. Contrary to what others on this thread are saying in congratulating the pilot, I'm asking why did he/she fly into the weather cell? Maybe there's a good reason, but it seems most airline pilots don't want to put their customers through this type of experience. Of course maybe the air space was constricted due to heavy traffic but I'd like to know. No pats on the back from me if he or she made a dumb decision to be in that situation in the first place.
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RE: OZ Domestic Flight Hit By Lightning!

Sun Jun 11, 2006 1:02 pm

Quoting ShowerOfSparks (Reply 11):
Because to go around and avoid it would probably involve "loss of face"

and I'm sure you would be aware that dry hail doesn't show too well on weather radars.

Who knows, perhaps it was a case of poor decision making, but lets not jump to conclusions.
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RE: OZ Domestic Flight Hit By Lightning!

Sun Jun 11, 2006 8:34 pm

On a realted note, it's a miracle that my flight yesterday (NRT-ICN / UA883) didn't get hit by lightning. We flew through a robust thundercell that was fully equipped with everything from gail force winds (on the ground - I can only guess how strong they were at FL240), pea sized hail (again, on the ground), and intense lightning. I was actually asleep, only to be woken by a bolt of the left wing. Rest assured, I'll have the full details in my first ever trip report...


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