Dashcam captures lightning striking airplane
Corey Crow was returning home from a Ship Creek fishing trip about 8 p.m. Thursday, waiting for a red light at the intersection of Fireweed Lane and C Street, when his dashcam captured lightning striking a plane.
Initially, however, he didn't realize what the footage showed. "[Got] home and looked at it and was shocked to see the lightning had passed through a plane passing by," Crow said.
Lightning hitting airplanes isn't uncommon. Scientific American reports that, on average, each commercial aircraft in the U.S. fleet is struck by lightning more than once a year, with minimal damage.
Commercial aircraft are made with materials designed to conduct the current of electricity, because avoiding flying through electrical storms isn't always possible. According to Scientific American's article, the last time a commercial plane crash in the U.S. was directly attributed to lightning was in 1967 when a strike caused a fuel tank to explode.
Correction: A previous version of this story reported the footage was taken about 5:20 a.m. Friday.
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