Lightning Strikes a Plane

Submitted by: bigoldjeffry 11 years ago Science
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/pub/ltg/plane_japan.php

You want to see lightning strike a plane? Of course you do.
There are 36 comments:
Male 1,079
Think
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Male 1,079
Awsome. I think it`s 1 in 5 million chance of that happening.. I THINK..
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Male 2,519
it caused the plane to tilt a bit though.
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Female 1,603
That is crazy!!!
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Male 274
darn it kernel you beat me to saying that!!!!!
wow, jpkilla you are STUPID!!!
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Male 109
nice but old
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Male 338
Yeah, electricity runs on the outer surface. The hollow middle is unaffected. That`s why cars are safe to be in. I wonder if the passengers noticed the flash lol.
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Female 963
ooooo, super cool! I like lightening! :-)
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Male 263
hottlava:

ZING!

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Male 4
slinky0 this image is probably real. People in planes are safe because they are made of aluminum. The lightning runs along the outside of the plane and then to the ground. It is called the "skin effect". Go look up nikola tesla and tesla coils. If the plane tried to contain the lightning, which is millions of watts of electricity it would probably explode.
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Female 160
I bet that plane now has a strong smell of sh*t! Well, it would if I had been there.
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Female 335
awsomeness......
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Male 121
right...
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Male 1,030
Super cool..
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Male 17
Man, I`m never getting on a damn plane again.
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Female 782
we might get 2 c some lighting like that tomorow huricane ivan is due hopefully it wont hit anyone though
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Female 982
oooo
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Female 683
how is that cool. i have been on a plane and lightening struck it. you dont really notice.
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Male 67
WAY COOL!!
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Male 69
i wonder if anything happened to the plane
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Male 2,510
cool, where can i get images of the horrible firery wrec..i mean how terrible :0
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Male 538
^^^^^^^i hate when people try to act like they know everything
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Female 1,468
Huh... I am under the impression that the wings of a plane have lightning rods (or some other system to redirect electrical charges) and so the lightning would not hit the ground. It ensures that the passengers would not get electrocuted.

I doubt that image is real since the lightning hits the ground...

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Male 982
whoah....0_o..o_0..cool site ruzz!
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Female 298
ooooooo pretty O_O
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Male 58
this... is... AWESOME |_|/(>.<)\|_|
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Male 101
Lightning is cool, cept when it hits me
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Male 518
Cool! I wonder what the passengers reaction was
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Male 157
ha thats well cool :D

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Male 59
OOOh...
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Female 428
No way.....
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Male 403
those passengers must have gotten the SHOCK of their lives... seeing a bright flash out from nowhere ahahhaha
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Female 2,144
Wow.
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Male 1,348
This is older then beta max! X-(
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Male 383
Lets see...
Chance to be struck by lightning...
Chance to be in a plane crash...
Do the math and you`ll get x= holy poo
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Male 594
Link: Lightning Strikes a Plane [Rate Link] - You want to see lightning strike a plane? Of course you do.
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