Lightning Bolt Strikes Delta Airliner: 111 Passengers On Board When Lightning Strikes Plane Preparing For Takeoff

A lightning bolt strikes a Delta airliner while it was preparing for takeoff in Atlanta, and a man from another plane got the incredible footage on camera… by accident. According to the Canada Journal, a Boeing 737 was getting set to takeoff for Las Vegas when a nasty storm rolled through. Jack Perkins was sitting on another flight recording out the plane’s window when he captured a bolt of lightning strike the rear of another aircraft.

“Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant, confirmed that 111 passengers and six crew members were on board the aircraft when it was hit. Luckily, no one was injured in the incident,” reports the Canada Journal. The plane took off for Las Vegas two hours later than scheduled and landed safely about 20 minutes behind schedule, likely making up some time in the air. It is unclear if passengers on board heard anything when the lightning hit, or if they were aware of what had happened.

According to CNN, the “lightning bolt strikes a Delta airliner” video was posted by Mr. Perkins on Wednesday. So far, over 3 million people have viewed it. Morgan Durrant said that an investigation is being conducted even though this is a common occurrence, and the plane was not damaged in any way.

“As with any event involving aircraft, Delta is doing a thorough investigation of the circumstances around this flight as safety is always Delta’s top priority. Aircraft design allows lightning bolts to be safely redirected. Fuselage structure and industrial-grade insulation acts as (a) super-conductive lightning rod that rechannels lightning around and away from customers and crew and out into the ground via the landing gear.”

Lightning bolt strikes, not unlike what hit the Delta airliner, occur more often than you think. In fact, these strikes are so common that the number averages to every plane getting struck once a year. Airplanes are made to withstand lightning strikes, and most of the time, there is no evidence of any damage.

“The energy does not travel through the cabin electrocuting the passengers; it is discharged overboard nine times in ten leaving little or no evidence of the strike itself,” commercial airline pilot Patrick Smith wrote in his book, Ask the Pilot: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel according to CNN.

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