As passengers myself included

By | July 16, 2017

As passengers, myself included, looked around, bewildered, the plane leveled off. No one was talking, and no announcements were made. Had we been hit by lightning? The storm still seemed to be in full force and we were pushing our way through leaden clouds.

I could barely see the engines on my side of the plane from my window, but they seemed to be all right. What now?Fortunately, we didn’t have long to wait to find out. About five minutes after it happened, the captain was back on the PA system explaining what we had witnessed.

The plane had indeed been struck by lightning, which in itself wasn’t worrying, he said. But they had to go through various safety procedures and remain within the vicinity of the airport. Once they had ascertained that their instruments were functioning properly and the engines were unharmed, we were back on our way to Melbourne.

That was the first and only time I’ve ever been in an airplane that has been struck by lightning… that I know of. The truth is, given the amount I travel (literally hundreds of flights per year), it’s probably happened before and almost certainly will again. And chances are it’s happened to many of you, whether you’ve known it or not.

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