Lightning Strikes Two Jet Blue Planes

Posted Feb 19th 2011 10:00 AMUpdated Feb 19th 2011 10:05 AM

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Two Jet Blue planes flying into Boston during a fierce storm last night were struck by lightning, with one reporting the smell of smoke in the cockpit.

Flight 442, an Airbus A320 en route from Tampa to Boston with 82 people aboard was struck when it was approaching Logan International Airport, but landed safely at 9:21 p.m., reports the Boston Globe.

"It was starting to land I guess, and we heard one pop from outside and saw a really big flash of light. I mean, it looked like lightning, but we weren't sure what it is, if it was something in the plane or something coming from outside the plane," Amy Rubin, a passenger, told CBS News.

"There's always the possibility that an aircraft could be at risk coming in on an alert,'' Massachusetts Port Authority spokeswoman Lisa Langone said, sources report. Emergency vehicles were waiting on the runway for the plane.

Flight 1328 from Baltimore, Md., with 90 people aboard, was also struck by lightning, but landed without incident at 9:47 p.m.

No injuries were reported on either plane.

Meteorologist Frank Nocera of the National Weather Service in Taunton, said the storm was a result that came about due to a "combination of almost record-breaking warmth'' ahead of a strong cold front, reports the Boston Globe.

Lightning strikes were reported in Boston and across the state yesterday evening, with some areas reporting hail and gusts of wind recorded at 50 miles per hour.
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cpr473

with the safety of passengers in mind...be it physical or emotional...during Irene I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT Jet Blue would have grounded their flights as nearly 5000 other flights were. I am not so sure that I have the same faith in them!

August 28 2011 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JackRussel

It is sad that the media, and not just in this country, can only survive though the sensationism that they creat. I never heard of any news agency reporting on anything positive. If they aren't babbling about some violent or depressing event, they are making a big deal over nothing. Planes have been getting lightning strikes since the Wright brothers first flew, and there have been drugs on ships around the globe since the Pharaohs sailed the Nile.

February 20 2011 at 12:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gerard

'record breaking weather' But.. eh.. send the planes out anyway we need to make money!!

February 19 2011 at 11:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
HURRICANE_HUNTER

If you think flying in a commercial jet that gets hit by lightning is a big thing, you need to speak to a crew menber of a U. S. Air Force Weather Squadron who flies into, through, and around some of the most vicious weather in this universe. Hurricane Hunters do this ALL DAY during hurricane season, and to my knowledge, the Air Force has NOT lost a single C-130 because of LIGHTNING!

February 19 2011 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
frankerin

People are not idiots. We can't know everything. The lightning and planes issue is as old as flight. Usally it is safe and rarely much damage. Frightening yes. But the reason for the story is to scare, because the tone and tenor of the writing is sensationistic. AOL is great for short incomplete and hysterical bombbast because 'we like to be scared' and 'they won't read it if it isn't scarey'. Shame on them, shame on us.

February 19 2011 at 10:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MikeK

Composite planes are supposed to have copper wires in the outer layer of the composite skin to carry current like the aluminum skin of the older planes. Unfortunetly the copper is minimized to save weight and reduce cost. I for one will not fly on a composite plane until that model has survived a couple of lighting strikes. Do not know if the A-320 has a composite fusalodge or not.

February 19 2011 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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alexis

Fuselodge?? Try fuselage

February 20 2011 at 12:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bobby

This is not even news planes are struck all the time , they are very safe from that because they surrounded by metal. All of you idiots out there that don't understand this are just that. IDIOTS!

February 19 2011 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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p curley

Sorry to have to inform you, but there have been crashes caused by lightning. In December 1963 81 people died when a plane was struck near Baltimore, on approach to Phil. Also, this new plane called the Dreamliner is supposed to be made of plastics rather than metal and in all the articles about it, no one has addressed how vulnerability to lightning has been handled.

February 19 2011 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

When the hell is the media going to stop trying to scare the bejesus out of people with stories about lightening strikes. Aircraft get struck by lightening everyday. Get over yourselves and print something worth printing!

February 19 2011 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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