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    V1
    Senior Member
    • Jan 2000
    • 284

    Lightning Strikes...

    Hello all, I have just read an interesting story in the newspaper about a British Airways 757 flight..
    Back in October last year, a BA B757 was flying from AMS to LHR when it was struck by lightning, which resulted in the injury of the first officer, who was leaning his arm near the side cockpit window. The pilot was fine, but has not returned to duty as of yet. The a/c landed safely at LHR.

    I was wondering, has anyone ever flew on an airliner that has been struck by lighning? It sounds quite disturbing if the occupants inside can be injured by a strike..
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  • KabirT
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    • Jan 2000
    • 8157

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    RE: Lightning Strikes...

    Yup...the same news was in the papers here also but the new people of here killed the pilot;-). I was travelling from Bombay to New Delhi on an Airbus 320 and our aircraft was hit by lightning....there was a big roar and the plane just rocked a little..hats all. No injuries or anything but most of the people were petrified. All aircrafts are safe from lightning as they have a transmitter which whenever lightning hits sends it towards the earth through waves.
    "one is the loneliest number.."

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      Howard (Guest)

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      RE: Lightning Strikes...

      during my sevice with the RAF as an Aircraft Electrical Engineer i flew on many a flight which was struck by lightning.
      The instance that you read about is extreme. Extreme incidents like this and other weather related problems all get into the papers etc.However Aircraft are designed to withstand lightning strikes of the normal variety and if you flew thro` a storm and got hit you probably wouldn`t notice it. Next time you are close up to an Aircraft look at the trailing edges of the flaps,wings, and tail etc,you will see some thin wire type things sticking backwards,these are called Static wicks and are there amongst other reason to conduct lightning away.

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