An Emirates Airbus A380 was hit by lighting and that shocking moment was captured by photographer Chris Dawson in south west London last month. All five hundred passengers on-board the Emirates Airbus escaped unharmed after two powerful lightning bolts hit the aircraft in a thunderstorm.
If airplanes are not adequately protected from lightning strikes – extremely high voltages and currents can pass through the aircraft, which are capable of damaging component assemblies or destroying wiring and equipment. However, the body of a plane is bonded with metal so it can act as a conductor, allowing electricity to pass through it in order to survive the jolts. Without the metallic bonding, lightning could cause a plane to explode on impact.
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