Video of awesome lightning strike on a Delta jet

Incredible video footage of lightening hitting a Delta jet lined up at Atlanta in the storms a couple days ago:

And just another reminder that planes are engineered to do all sorts of amazing things, including handle a strike like that.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. I notice the smaller arc from the plane to the ground, next to a tire. This would not happen during flight, and I wonder if the tire was damaged.

  2. As someone else posted in Lucky’s blog, did this aircraft go back to the gate for an inspection? What would the normal procedure be for lightning strikes on the ground? It would be interesting to hear from a pilot about this as it is not the same as while flying – check out the tire.

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