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The Terrifying Moment A Plane Is Struck By Lightning

The Terrifying Moment A Plane Is Struck By Lightning

Footage has emerged of the moment a plane was struck by what appear to be three bolts of lightning.

A short clip of the aircraft, which was on its way to Heathrow Airport, was taken by a local resident who spotted it flying in the stormy weather over London on Saturday (6 June).

Just seconds after the video starts, the plane is struck by lightning.

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Speaking about the dramatic scene, the eyewitness, who captured it from their seventh floor flat in Wapping High Street, central London, said: "What a moment to get the camera out.

"When I watched it back I thought, 'oh my God it's hit the plane. Flipping heck'.

"It was such a large bolt it looks like it hit the floor. I just hope no one was hurt.

"It looked like it just missed St James' Church across in Bermondsey."

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Thankfully, the plane continues its flight unaffected in the video.

But this isn't the first time in recent months that a plane has been hit by lighting during a bout of thunderous weather.

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The plane was struck on its way to Heathrow. Credit: SWNS
The plane was struck on its way to Heathrow. Credit: SWNS

Back in February, a passenger plane was struck by lightning just minutes into its journey was caught on a Birmingham resident's CCTV camera.

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It was flying over the West Midlands after it had taken of from Birmingham airport on its flight to Dublin just after 9.30pm on 9 February.

The Aer Lingus flight had just taken off from Birmingham airport and was making its way across the sky above Sheldon, a residential area in the region.

Rain can be seen lashing down across the camera lens when the screen is lit up by a huge flash of light. The bolt can be seen zig-zagging up towards the plane, before it fades away. The plane then continues its flight, seemingly unaffected.

The aircraft landed safely at Dublin airport at around 10.40pm.

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The footage was captured by 31-year-old Daniel Pereira's doorbell camera. He was at home with his partner Roxanne Dempster when they both heard the bang, saw the lights and noticed their dogs had been disturbed.

He said: "We were watching TV when we saw a huge light on the other side of our closed blinds and then a heard a huge noise which made our dogs jump. Roxanne said that couldn't have just been normal lightning and checked the CCTV to see what happened.

"Our dogs don't normally care about thunderstorm noise so it was strange that they were so scared. We couldn't believe what is had been, we see planes going over our house all the time, never seen anything like that before."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Weather, UK News, travel

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]