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Plane is struck by huge lightning bolt departing Amsterdam

If you suffer a fear of flying, look away now.

Because this is the dramatic moment a commercial carrier suffers a direct lightning hit – just moments after launching into the skies.  

Footage shows the commercial carrier being struck mid-air while carrying countless passengers from Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport. 

Direct hit: KLM plane suffered the strike after departing from Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport

Thankfully, the KLM aircraft – a Boeing 777 – successfully continued its journey, despite the electrically-charged weather system.

In fact, as reported by RT.com, the plane is said to have landed on-time at Lima airport some 12 hours and 40 minutes later. 

MailOnline have contacted a representative for KLM, but are yet to receive a response.  

The footage, which was sourced by Valk Aviation, was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday and amassed an impressive 140,000 views in just one day.

Naturally, many of the commentators were impressed with the airplane’s intelligent design, which allows it to withstand such strikes.

One viewer, Dan, simply responded ‘What an absolute beauty!’ while another, LUX Aviators, posted: ‘That was amazing! And what a lucky catch!’.

Calm before the electrical storm: The commercial carrier prepares for take-off on the runway

Calm before the electrical storm: The commercial carrier prepares for take-off on the runway

Taking flight: A few seconds late it can be seen ascending into the electrically-charged skies

Taking flight: A few seconds late it can be seen ascending into the electrically-charged skies

Hit: The dramatic lightning bolt flashes across the sky and makes direct contact with the plane

Hit: The dramatic lightning bolt flashes across the sky and makes direct contact with the plane

Waning: As soon as it appears, the lightning begins to fade and the aircraft continues to Peru

Waning: As soon as it appears, the lightning begins to fade and the aircraft continues to Peru

Fortunately, most Boeing planes have a composite fuselage rather than metal, and its embedded conducting material is designed to absorb a lightning strike.

Although it may sound a terrifying prospect, commercial aircraft around the world are bombarded with bolts of lightning every single day.

According to experts, in an average year any given airliner can expect to be struck at least once on its travels. 

Typically, those on board often fail to notice that the plane has been hit at all, or experience nothing more than a quick flash. 

The worst air tragedy related to a lightning strike occurred in the US state of Maryland in December 1963.

Eighty-one people died after a bolt of lightning ignited fuel vapours and caused an explosion that brought down a Boeing 707-121 operated by Pan Am. 

 

  

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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