Travel An Air France plane was struck by lightning, causing a mid-flight emergency

00:22  20 may  2017
00:22  20 may  2017 Source:   Travel + Leisure

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The pilot of an Air France flight from Paris on Friday declared a mid - air emergency as it headed to Birmingham Airport after the airplane was struck by lightning .

Lightning Strikes Airplane [Boeing 747] During Takeoff. As Fred mentioned, it will be difficult to find in the mid Atlantic. I just read that "The head of communication at Air France said the plane , an Airbus A330, had probably been struck by lightning " so i'm not too sure what the deal is .

The pilot of an Air France flight from Paris on Friday declared a mid-air emergency as it headed to Birmingham Airport after the airplane was struck by lightning.

  An Air France plane was struck by lightning, causing a mid-flight emergency When an airplane is hit by lightning, usually only a few people notice: It's a relatively common occurrence, and airplanes are tested to withstand strikes. But as Friday's incident shows, it can sometimes cause problems.

No one was hurt during the incident, but an alarm was sounded on the aircraft.

"I can confirm that AF1064 was hit by lightning during flight from Paris with an emergency being declared as a precaution," an Air France spokesperson said in a statment. "The aircraft has since landed safely at Birmingham Airport with no emergency response needed and with no injuries to passengers or crew. All passengers have since disembarked the aircraft safely from the airport stand as usual."

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YouTube: Watch a plane being struck by lightning in flight . Still, news that a bolt may have been a factor in Monday's crash of a Boeing 737-700 jet on the island of San Andres, Colombia, has likely alarmed many air travelers. CNN: Is it possible for lightning to cause a plane to crash these days?

The plane lost its ability to maintain cabin pressurization, emergency oxygen system deployed. I have flown over a hurricane near Florida and the plane was struck by lightning back in the mid 80's. Air France Flight 447: A detailed meteorological analysis.

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