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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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.
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.
All lightning strikes go in for inspection, even if it happened in flight.
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