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Huge Lightning Bolt Strikes Plane In Mid-Air

Hits: 25585 | Rating: (3.2) | Category: Science | Added by: Tyronics
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vilem
Male, 18-29, Canada
 372 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 11:45:18 AM
Shocking

jamesrs
Male, 18-29, Europe
 86 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 11:40:45 AM
but the plane wasnt earthed so the shock wouldnt have affected them any way. am i right? cus other wise ive got it wrong and am going to fail my GCSE's

turbotong
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 603 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 11:26:24 AM
The electronics inside won't get damaged. Outer metal layers acts as a Faraday cage.

DGbME
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 453 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 11:21:05 AM
Wow, talk about luck catching that on camera unintentionally. too cool.

DanteInferno
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 58 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 11:11:18 AM
sirrix, so you're saying as long as i have wings taped to my back, i can't be electrocuted? Time for an experiment...

MrTwidget
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 772 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 11:06:46 AM
Although passengers and crew may see a flash and hear a loud noise if lightning strikes their plane, nothing serious should happen because of the careful lightning protection engineered into the aircraft and its sensitive components. Initially, the lightning will attach to an extremity such as the nose or wing tip. The airplane then flies through the lightning flash, which reattaches itself to the fuselage at other locations while the airplane is in the electric "circuit" between the cloud regions of opposite polarity. The current will travel through the conductive exterior skin and structures of the aircraft and exit off some other extremity, such as the tail. Pilots occasionally report temporary flickering of lights or short-lived interference with instruments.

scientificamerican.com

zazuch
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 288 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 11:03:43 AM
@ dracokain

It could have been he was filming the incoming storm and just got the plane as something to watch while filming the storm. There is a lot of people who try to catch lighting on moving and still film with 35 mm or digital SLR cameras. It makes some pretty cool photos.

TopperHey
Male, 18-29, Europe
 1945 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 10:48:07 AM
If you're suprised by this then you're either under 16 (fair enough) or you need to think more (just generally. It helps.).

davymid
Male, 30-39, Europe
 12051 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 10:48:03 AM
"Mmm, smells good, they must be serving bacon for the in-flight meal!"

"Bad news honey. That's not bacon you smell. That's the pilot"

haf2001
Female, 18-29, Canada
 529 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 10:45:25 AM
An airborne plane, that is.

haf2001
Female, 18-29, Canada
 529 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 10:44:58 AM
due to the fact that they aren't grounded, a plane is the safest place you can be during a lightening storm.

a1butcher
Male, 40-49, Canada
 4783 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 10:39:28 AM
I always had a habit of counting after seeing lighting... so....6 Km away by my estimation.
Very cool vid.

Geogypsy
Male, 18-29, Canada
 2405 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 9:38:45 AM
"Who the hell sits outside and video tapes planes?"

Plane spotters?

Salted_Eggs
Male, 18-29, Western US
 773 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 9:37:52 AM
WTH? Shouldn't it have blown up?

sirrix
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 209 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 9:26:37 AM
Planes get struck by lightning all the time - they are not grounded so it is extremely unlikely that any damage would occur. Basically, the lightning conducts around the frame of the plane and continues down to Earth. Same general principle that prevents birds from being electrocuted on overhead wires.

Monosandalos
Male, 30-39, Europe
 253 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 9:25:08 AM
I find myself counting seconds between a lightning strike and the subsequent thunder. I do it almost compulsively.
In this case the lightning took place roughly 4.6km (2.9m) from the camera.
Not that it matters...

Salted_Eggs
Male, 18-29, Western US
 773 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 9:19:32 AM
WTH? Shouldn't it have blown up?

dracokain
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 268 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 9:18:14 AM
who the hell sits outside and video tapes planes

xhaseox
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 518 Posts
Thursday, April 29, 2010 9:13:10 AM
lol I wonder if the plane landed or crashed

Tyronics
Male, 18-29, Europe
 2 Posts
Monday, April 26, 2010 11:20:54 PM
Link: Huge Lightning Bolt Strikes Plane In Mid-Air [Rate Link] - And takes it!

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