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June 30, 2008

SOMEHOW, WE ARE NOT COMFORTED

Experts estimate each commercial airliner is struck by lightning once or twice a year. While it can sometimes leave a burn mark, it is unusual for lightning to punch through the skin of a modern jet.

(Thanks to DavCat)

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Pity they didn't mention his brother Jakov.

Oddly enough, it tends to happen right after the pilot assures the passengers they're on schedule for an on-time arrival...

First! to retract post and place it on the correct thread.

Sorry, must have been the lightning.

But did you catch the last sentence of the article?

"In some cases, experts say, the aircraft itself can trigger a lightning discharge."

Yipes.

"Lightning blasts a hole in airliner as bad luck strikes again"

Oh.... I must have misheard those flight attendants. I misunderstood when they were talking about the "blasthole" in first class drinking to much.

So after the lightning strike it was a big, long, hard tube with a hole in the front? Did Semen Sementov go leaping out the front?

I don't know why, but I just can't make myself look out the window during a storm.

Me either, Cat. Gotta be careful with those cracks.

I wonder how long it takes to thoroughly steam-clean the upholstery of an entire aircraft.

Is this what happened to the passengers of "Lost"?

Was in a prop plane struck by lightening, when I was a child.

I know... I know... 'splains a lot...

ec,

That which does not kill us...
gives us good stories for the blog later in life.

Insert Xanax commercial here...they hope to triple their sales on "fright flights."

Dave, you can take comfort in the fact that you fly out of Miami and have much worse things to worry about.

In a related story, USAir announced that each passenger will be assessed a $25 "electricity fee" for each lightning strike.

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