VIDEOS: Lightning Strikes Jumbo Jets

May 12, 2011

There's been a fair amount of attention today given to a story and video posted by the Daily Mail because it shows an Emirates Airbus A380, with 500 or so people aboard, being struck by lightning as it landed at London's Heathrow Airport last month.

It is pretty compelling.

No one was hurt. And as the Daily Mail explains, passenger jets are designed to handle such strikes.

Seeing the video inspired us to look around for other such clips. If you do a search on "plane + lightning" on YouTube, the one that comes up with the most views (1.3 million and counting) is indeed rather dramatic. It shows lightning hitting a Quantas flight over Sydney in 2004.

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