Sunday, April 29, 2012

Lightning strikes a Continental airplane at the gate

video
 
You'll need to watch it more than once to see all of the action; it all happens in 10 seconds.  Note the distance of the clouds from the airport.
 
Three things to watch:
 
First the tail of the aircraft as the lightning bolt hits the vertical stabilizer (it happens fast)
 
Second view, watch the nose of  the aircraft where ground crew walk up to and under the airplane, then quickly retreat.
 
Third look just left of the nose gear. The brown square on the ground is a metal plate embedded in the concrete, with an access cover in it. The lightning strike exits the airplane onto the metal plate and sends the access cover flying through the air toward the tug on the far left where it lands harmlessly between the two vehicles.
 
(thanks to Bert for sending this in)

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