Watch this Delta airliner get struck by a lightning bolt!
Posted On August 22, 2015
We have shared with you before the theory behind what happens when a plane is struck by lightning, but this is probably the first time you actually get to see it happen. A passenger who was waiting for a storm to pass to board his flight caught the exact moment when a lightning bolt struck a Delta airliner. The video was recorded at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the United States.
Jack Perkins was stuck at the airport due to the bad weather, waiting to board his flight from Atlanta to Minneapolis. Bored, he decided to film the massive storm and the other planes outside. That was when he managed to catch the exact moment when a lightning bolt struck Delta’s Boeing 737-900R. “While filming the line of planes all stacked up during a ground hold in Atlanta on 8/18/15 I happened to capture this direct lightning strike on a 737,” Perkins explained.
The 111 passengers and six crew members on board of Delta Flight 67 heading to Las Vegas, Nevada were not affected, and in fact might not have even known they were struck by lightning.
When the discharge strikes a plane, electricity simply travels through the outer shell of the aluminum fuselage, not causing any actual damage to the plane or anyone in it, as you can see from our article what happens when a plane is struck by lightning.