VIDEO: Two Planes Struck By Lightning While Landing at Sea-Tac Airport
Flying can be scary for many travelers, but the trip can be made exponentially more difficult when the weather—including lightning—surrounding the plane becomes uncooperative.
In a video from YouTube user Owen Craft, two airplanes were struck by lightning when attempting to land at Seattle Tacoma Airport on Wednesday.
Craft was attempting to get footage of the lightning when he spotted the planes going through the storm clouds.
According to the official Twitter account of Fox & Friends, the two flights were from Alaska Airlines and both landed safely.
Sea-Tac Airport officials told the show that neither pilot reported any problems and the planes were equipped to withstand lightning strikes:
TWO airplanes hit by lightning! https://t.co/F3ldVIPEuK— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) April 3, 2015
The full video can be seen below:
A report from The Telegraph and Cardiff University's Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory professor Mamu Haddad claims that planes being struck by lightning happens often and passengers are not in any danger.
Pilot Patrick Smith told The Telegraph, "An individual jet liner is struck about once every two years, on average.”
Haddad says that modern airplanes are equipped with “a thin layer of copper on the outside which conducts the current over its surface, protecting the cabin within.” He also claims planes are able to withstand the heat of the bolts, which can reach 30,000 degrees Celsius.
While it may be true that all airplanes are hit by lightning from time to time, it doesn’t make the footage of the event any less captivating.
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