Qantas flight struck by lightning

 Thursday, August 11, 2022 


The domestic flight to Perth has been struck by lightning. The lightning has struck in mid-air on Tuesday. The flight was scheduled to depart from 6:48 am on 9 August and it was supposed to arrive in Port Hedland on the north coast at 8:55 am.

The safety of the flight has not been compromised by anything. The pilots took the decision to land the flight at Karratha Airport which is 250 km from Port Hedland on 9:17 am.

Lightening striking is relatively uncommon for flights. According to the aviation website Aerotimehub, the occurrence is relatively rare to witness. The data shows that lightning bolts hit every air flight once a year. Or per 1000 hours of flight time lightning hits once.

However, still stricks are common at the time of ascent or descent. The altitude is often 5000-15000 feet. The Qantas spokesperson said that the safety of the flight has not been compromised a bit. The spokesperson further informed that the aircraft are designed in such a way that they could resist the situation best. It is a policy for the airlines to examine the aircraft before returning to the sky once again.

Due to the situation, a two-hour delay has been prevalent to reach the destination. The passengers were then shifted to another flight from Karratha to Port Hedland. This flight arrived on 11.17 am. A similar incident has been reported when one of the passengers saw the engines catching fire.

The plane was escorted from the runway back to the terminal where passengers disembarked and engineers could examine the aircraft. The aircraft is undergoing a thorough check-up. The airline promises to check the errors before the aircraft makes any further flights.

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