Lightning Hitting Passenger Plane Captured On CCTV Camera
The shocking moment a passenger plane was struck by lightning just minutes into its journey was caught on a Birmingham resident's CCTV camera.
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 Sunday (9 February).
The Aer Lingus flight had just taken off from Birmingham airport and is 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 zi-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.
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 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."
A spokeswoman from Aer Lingus said: "Aer Lingus can confirm that on its departure from Birmingham Airport at 21:33, flight EI 277 to Dublin encountered lightning.
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"The aircraft, which is designed to withstand regular weather occurrences, was not damaged and operated as normal to Dublin where it landed at 22:38."
Others who live in the area were confused by the incident, taking to Twitter to voice their concerns.
Shane Patrick Cuzick said: "Heard this at the Heathway, a strange sounding crack of lightning and then what sounded like a jet engine revving in reverse."
Karen Carolan wrote: "Right by our house. It was so loud we thought our roof had come down - this is a few doors away from us!"
Debbie McGuigan added: "It lit up my living room and was really loud."
A spokeswoman from Birmingham Airport said: "Aircraft are built to withstand lightning and do frequently encounter lightning during flying.
"Aircraft are designed to withstand lightning strikes by using static wicks which allow the electricity to pass back into the air from the fuselage."
Storm Ciara has caused disruption across the country with high winds and cold temperatures.
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