Saturday, 14 May 2011

A380 Struck By Lightning Over London

Dramatic scenes over London of an Emirates Airbus A380 getting struck by lightening has been caught on camera.  The short clip clearly shows the super jumbo aircraft being struck in cloudy skies,  the aircraft made a normal approach and landing to Heathrow and none of the passengers on the flight were injured or affected in any way.

The video was shot by photographer Chris Dawson who had his Canon video recorder handy at just the right moment.

"I saw a storm coming and I thought there could be lightning," he said. "I wasn't expecting it to hit a plane but I just got lucky."

The shell of an aircraft acts as a Faraday cage, carrying the electric charge through the body and expelling it at an output point, without affecting passengers inside.

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