It was a rough night for people flying in and out of London, England, as passengers reported lightning bolts strike three different planes on Wednesday night
Passengers on a British Airways plane from Prague heard a loud bang before seeing a flash of bright light, though thankfully, the plane landed safely at the Heathrow Airport.
Hello London! Welcomed back by a lightning strike to the plane just as we were coming into land at Heathrow. #NoFear— Alexander (@AlexanderSE10) April 27, 2016
Plane got struck by lightning on the way into Heathrow. Good to be back in London.— Alaxen (@Alaxen) April 27, 2016
Plane just got hit by lightning on the descent into Heathrow. Didn't die #winning ✈️⚡️😱— liz dobson (@liz_dobson) April 27, 2016
Here’s a video of another plane going through a similar fate:
Lightning hitting plane on approach to Heathrow, London pic.twitter.com/Q9dkEl0Ign— David (@dwestldn) April 27, 2016
Storm West London Putney. Lightning, rain, snow, hail. The BA987 Airbus struck by lightning on aprch to LHR. pic.twitter.com/uNmYQB0jlk— London Flyer (@hi_flyer7) April 27, 2016
My plane got struck by lightning. I screamed small small.— #ThePoint (@Afo_B) April 27, 2016
“The flight landed safely, and will undergo inspection before it returns to service,” the British Airways told Mashable, referring to Flight BA857. “The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority. Lightning strikes are fairly common, and aircraft are designed to cope with them.”
In another similar incident, holidaymakers returning from Iceland with Icelandair described a “huge crack” as lightning hit the wing of their plane.
“It came out of the blue,” charity worker Liz Dobson told the Evening Standard. “There was a really loud bang and white flash — not really what you want on a plane.”
Apparently, shortly after the lightning struck the place, the pilot made a lighthearted joke to assure people that everything was fine.
“It was very obvious we were flying into a storm, which is why I was able to take a photograph of the moment we entered the storm,” said another passenger Catherine Mayer. “But I didn't catch the moment of the lightning strike which was sudden and loud and very bright and unmistakable for what it was. I think all the passengers were too shocked to react but when we landed everybody was talking about it.”
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