Aviation Photo #2292918 Airbus A330-223 - China Southern Airlines

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CZ348 enroute CDG-CAN. Just a few minutes before sunrise, a severe thunderstorm on our route above Hubei Province forced us to deviate and climb to FL401. Lightnings were clearly visible despite the very thick clouds. Taken from seat 31A [F8.0 0.8s ISO200]
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Photo Added: July 29, 2013

Comments (6)

3 years ago
The colors and light are simply spectacular! In particular, I love the lightning in the clouds. I have seen this phenomenon only once and many years ago, while landing at Geneva in the early-morning darkness aboard a Swissair CV990. I haven't forgotten the spectacle, and this photo brings very fond memories of that trip.
3 years ago
3 years ago
Amazing capture!! But I don't see the point of climbing to FL 401.. why 401??
3 years ago
Severe thunderstorm...yeah right. These clouds top at most 25,000 feet and there is not even an anvil. Just a regular thunderstorm but you don't want to fly directly into it or above for the sake of passenger comfort.
3 years ago
Nice capture although not that unusual for those who fly often, I've enjoyed such views several times.

FL401 is definitely a typo, there's no such FL, I'm sure the photographer meant FL410.

3 years ago
Metric levels are used in China so it might have become FL401 after the conversion

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