plane struck by lightning – happens more often than you think

my co-workers were on our company plane the other night and the 40+ seater was struck by lightning. scares the bejeezus out of you and when you realize you’re flying for work, it makes it so much less worth it.

but to provide some comfort, as soon as they landed my director called her husband to google how often planes get hit by lightning. it happens more often than you think

It would be a highly unlikely scenario that lightning would cause a crash….Statistics show that the commercial airlines average one hit per aircraft per year or an average of once every 1500 flight hours.

scariest 13 minutes of their lives while they were waiting for the plane to land…but all turned out well

a list of of some who’ve been hit recently: p. diddy, england’s prime minister tony blair, jeb bush and a giraffe (not in a plane, but quite amusing).

2 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on November 11th, 2005 @ 2:21 pm

    Flying itself is always safer than most people think – even the people who have grasped that it’s safer than driving. One of the better sources of writing on the web is Ask the Pilot over on Salon. Recently he discussed the JetBlue landing-gear brouhaha and how much of a non-event it was.


  2. East Coast Girl (unregistered) on November 12th, 2005 @ 2:04 pm

    USA Today’s Travel section has a column called “Ask the Captain”, written by United Airlines pilot Meryl Getline. Back around Labor Day, she had a post about this exact thing, saying how common it is (both the lightning strike, and how many people write in about it), and also explaining how the plane is equipped to deal with the effects of the lightning strike.

    You can find it here http://www.usatoday.com/travel/columnist/getline/2005-08-29-ask-the-captain_x.htm



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