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Date: 05/13/11 11:00 AM

30 Responses to Airplane Hit By Lightning

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    May 13, 2011 at 10:22 am
    Link: Airplane Hit By Lightning - An Emirates Airbus A380 was hit by lightening twice just moments before landing at Heathrow Airport.
  2. Profile photo of Turnshroud
    Turnshroud Female 18-29
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    May 13, 2011 at 11:03 am
    O_O HOoly poo. Must have been freaky if it`s real
  3. Profile photo of Tubby12370
    Tubby12370 Male 18-29
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    May 13, 2011 at 11:06 am
    Your point?, the Sears tower gets hit thousands of times a year.

    Lightning hitting planes are common, as well.
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    greenbasterd Male 18-29
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    May 13, 2011 at 11:07 am
    this acualy happens alot.. nothing to see here..
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    Ujelly Male 30-39
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    May 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    May 13, 2011 at 11:18 am
    Cool, but planes are designed for this
  7. Profile photo of TheJigsaw
    TheJigsaw Male 18-29
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    May 13, 2011 at 11:18 am
    AMAZING! There wasn`t even a scratch on the plane!

    Everybody knows how bad electricity scratches!

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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    May 13, 2011 at 11:31 am
    @TheJigsaw- lol.
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    aquaman1227 Male 18-29
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    May 13, 2011 at 11:32 am
    "Another reminder of man`s powerlessness in the skies...... thankfully though, planes can handle it"

    A little contradictory aren`t we? Its stupid statements that make people afraid to fly.
  10. Profile photo of RETARDEDBEAR
    RETARDEDBEAR Male 18-29
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    May 13, 2011 at 11:38 am
    Cool shot, but the fuselage of the plane is made from aluminum, which is highly conductive. Lightning will always take the path of least resistance, so it will flow through the hull and right out the other side. Additional measures are taken to protect sensitive electronics from lightning strikes. In other words... nothing to worry about, although I`m sure it is spooky for passengers.
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    Smutleybutt Male 18-29
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    May 13, 2011 at 11:42 am
    Wow, would`ve scared the poo outta me.
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    Oscola Male 18-29
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    May 13, 2011 at 11:52 am
    "A reminder of man`s powerlessness in the skies."

    Is it really?

    We`re flying: 1-0 to man
    Get hit by lightening and nothing happens: 2-0 to man.
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    canusuck Male 30-39
    796 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm
    Happened to me landing in Chicago from Frankfurt, people started screaming like the engine had fallen off, pilot came over PA 20 seconds later to re-assure us-still scary as hell....after researching it apparently happens to 1 in a 1000 flights
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    19842011 Male 18-29
    71 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm
    so lightnings no problem but if i turn my phone on we all die?
  15. Profile photo of beternal
    beternal Male 18-29
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    May 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm
    19842011 - good point... I`m confused.

    Does anyone know HOW these planes handle this?!
  16. Profile photo of MisterG
    MisterG Male 30-39
    633 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 2:09 pm
    Nothing new.
    Happens all the time.
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    MisterG Male 30-39
    633 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm
    @beternal (And anyone who is interested.)
    Read this article.
  18. Profile photo of codyb357
    codyb357 Male 18-29
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    May 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm
    Planes are built with a pass through electrical system. Basically, they have an "UP" wire, and a "DOWN" wire so the electricity goes around the skin of the plane to the ground.
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    mts2457 Female 18-29
    535 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm
    I was not aware that there are humans on this planet that do not know the concept of a Faraday cage
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    mts2457 Female 18-29
    535 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm
    @beternal No, read this article
  21. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm
    Tangential question:

    A car with the usual metal frame will protect people inside it in the same way, but what about cars made of lightweight materials, such as carbon fibre?
  22. Profile photo of JDplaysFF
    JDplaysFF Male 30-39
    626 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 8:30 pm
    ....

    "...Graphic reminder of Man`s powerlessness in the skies.."

    "...Planes can handle it. No one was hurt, not even a scratch..."

    Idiot.
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    JDplaysFF Male 30-39
    626 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm
    vvvv Urgh, quite a few people beat me to it.
  24. Profile photo of PUDDING1961
    PUDDING1961 Female 40-49
    446 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm
    Zapped in the sky...that was amazing!
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    thehitcher Male 18-29
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    May 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm
    @JDplaysFF my thoughts exactly
  26. Profile photo of mr_c_bowler
    mr_c_bowler Male 18-29
    301 posts
    May 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm
    Planes are designed for that. When I was an aircraft maintenance apprentice i dealt with lightning strikes all the time. They mostly just melt a little piece of metal that its supposed to melt, then it goes else where
  27. Profile photo of Damngreens
    Damngreens Male 18-29
    163 posts
    May 14, 2011 at 12:07 am
    the plane actually acts as a transmitter for the lightning if u notice the lightning hits the tail and then travel to the bottom of the plane on the opposite side
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    mahe4 Male 18-29
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    May 14, 2011 at 10:58 am
    ooolllddd
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    Garu Male 30-39
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    May 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm
    PRAISE ALLAH! LU LU LU LU LU LU LU LU LU LU LU LU!
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    PUDDING1961 Female 40-49
    446 posts
    May 14, 2011 at 11:10 pm
    Garu said: PRAISE ALLAH! LU LU LU LU LU LU LU LU LU LU LU LU!

    Garu, slightly delicate sentence, but you made me chuckle there.

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