The Anonymous Widower

Airliners Built To Take Lightning Strikes – Like The One That Hit A Plane On Sunday

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on

The article was written over a year ago and doesn’t refer to the Moscow crash on Sunday, but an incident in New Zealand.

This is the first two paragraphs.

Passengers on a Sunday flight to Wellington “screamed” when lightning hit their plane, but lightning strikes on aircraft are not unusual and airliners are built to take it.

It is many years since a lightning strike was implicated in a deadly crash by an airliner, and lessons learned in the past have been incorporated into the design of modern planes.

The article should reassure those who worry about flying when there are thunderstorms around.

May 7, 2019 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | ,

1 Comment »

  1. The “Faraday effect” is what saves planes. The metallic skin conveys the lightning around the plane. The new Dreamliner 787s are made with light carbon fibre shells with metallic particles embedded so that too conveys the lightning around the plane.

    Evidently with this design something is wrong and the on-board electronics went haywire or burnt out leading to this tragedy. The video of the landing shows the plane coming in at higher than normal speed and bouncing so that the back end struck the ground leading to the fatal fire.

    Comment by Maurice Reed | May 7, 2019 | Reply

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