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Plane Struck By Lightning, Creates Hole in Nose

13 Apr 2015, 3:15 pm

(Photo by: Brandon Boldenow, Facebook)

An Icelandair plane was struck by lightning last week, creating a massive hole in the Boeing 757’s nose, but the flight safely continued its 3,600 mile trek from Reykjavik, Iceland to Denver, Colorado despite being struck shortly after takeoff. Passenger Nathen Maxwell told The Denver Post last week that he heard a “loud bang and a pop — really loud — and a bright light” shortly after takeoff, but the pilot came on to reassure passengers that everything was OK and the flight would proceed as normal. The plane continued to land safely in Denver. Pilots noticed the visible damage following a routine post-flight inspection. Lightning striking planes are far from unusual. A plane – possibly two – was struck by lightning leaving Seattle-Tacoma International Airport earlier this month, and airplanes are regularly struck by lightning, almost always with no consequence as a result of the plane’s outer layer deflecting lightning towards the ground. As of last Wednesday, the Icelandair plane had been taken out of service.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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