What happens if a lightning bolt hits a airplane in air?

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  • 7 months ago
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    Usually,it just passes along the "skin" of the airplane and completes its journey to a grounding point (either another cloud or to the earth) with little or no damage. It is rare for lightning to cause a plane to crash or explode in mid air.

  • 7 months ago

    Nothing

  • DIEGO.
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    good question!

  • M-Atze
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Nothing -same as sitting in a faraday cage.

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  • 7 months ago

    Nothing really. The plane is made from aluminum which is a conductor so the lightning just goes off the plane. Electrical equipments are grounded. Fuel tank are made with material that will prevent any sparks.

    It’s rare for a plane to be taken down by lightning. Wind, hail, well that’s a whole different story.

  • 7 months ago

    Nothing, usually.

  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    That's what happened to that Malaysian flight

  • 7 months ago

    The plane could catch fire

  • ioerr
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    it happens a lot and they're generally ok. it passes around the skin and exits out the other side

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