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Emirates A380 Lighting Strike near Heathrow

Earlier this month, an Emirates A380 from Dubai was struck by lightning during a storm as it was landing at London’s Heathrow (LHR) airport.  While this video is dramatic, planes are built to withstand lightning strikes.  According to ABC NEWS in the US, it’s been over 50 years, since lightning has brought down a plane.  In fact, many planes incur multiple lightning strikes during their lifetime.  All of the passengers on this A380 were fine when they disembarked at Heathrow and no damage was done to the plane.  While that may all sound well and good, it’s still a bit disturbing to see this video if you fly frequently.

Last modified: December 30, 2013