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Old 09-12-2008, 08:23 PM   #1
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A 747 gets hit by lightning midair.
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Old 09-12-2008, 08:29 PM   #2
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That was crazy.
Was the plane damaged?
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Old 09-12-2008, 08:39 PM   #3
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I don't know, I stumbled across surfing for weather info since the White Sox are in a rain delay right now.
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I am certainly not an electrician but am I wrong to think that the electricity entered through the top of the plane up near the front, traveled the path of least resistance through the aluminum hull of the aircraft and then succumbed to the opposite charge of the earth causing it to exit the aircraft from the bottom aft of the aircraft.

Except for the sound I bet the passengers didn't know anything happened. I bet there was no craft damage unless some wiring got fried, which of course could put the craft on the ground sooner than anyone would want.
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The planes are designed to draw the strike around the plane so as to minimize damage. There are very few planes actually crippled by a strike. FFA makes this mandatory for all airlines.
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Ok, I should not have watched that. I have this retarded fear of flying that is only overcome by drugs. In a few weeks I need to fly to Minnesota. Damn, sweaty palms already.
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Flying is oh so sweet! I love it. Lay back and relax!
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My heart rate accelerates at take off and upon landing. In between I'm fine. I just figure if something goes wrong at take off or landing that there is no chance for the pilot to do anything about it. Of course if a wing falls off or something at 30,000 feet there is not a lot he can do either.

I do not hesitate to fly but it's not something I especially enjoy.
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Lightning can travel from the ground up or the sky down.

I have no clue how many kv that lightning bolt was, but i know like 1mv will jump around 30' to ground, but I figure it was way higher than 30' off the ground.
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Lightening wouldn't hurt the plane unless it were "positive" lightening, which is very rare.
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