Lightning strikes plane landing in Los Angeles

December 29, 2012

A lightning bolt struck a Delta Air Lines plane just before it landed at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday morning. [LA Times]

Flight 284 had nearly completed a 10-hour, 15-minute journey from Tokyo when lighting struck the plane around 8 a.m. as it descended over Santa Monica. The Airbus A330-200 still landed safely and no injuries occurred.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black told the LA Times that passengers neither reported lightning striking the plane nor asked if it had occurred.

Black said that planes are designed to withstand lightning strikes, which are “extremely rare.”

The plane arrived at the terminal around 8:10. A heavy rainstorm over Southern California generated the lighting that hit the plane.


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Yow! Glad there was no ill effect.