This Is Not What You Want To See While Looking Out A Window In A Plane

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+21 1. sux2bu commented 3 years ago

They were just charging the plane's batteries.
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+25 2. Martimbrepost commented 3 years ago

Too bad it isn't a delorean ;-)
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+3 3. Norman68 commented 3 years ago

Ye that'll help steady to pre flight nerves....Get me off this plane NOW !!!
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+8 4. Austin commented 3 years ago

To be honest what you really don’t want to see while looking out a window in a plane is lightning striking the wing, body etc of YOUR plane ;-) Been there, felt that, scared the hell out of me.
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+3 5. Platonic commented 3 years ago

why the lightning didn't attracted of the highest point of the plane?
Where am i wrong?
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+7 6. sux2bu commented 3 years ago

I could be wrong but it it looks like the bolt exited the plane down thru the tires to ground. On the still shot you can see the bright flash there.
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+3 7. creepylonghair commented 3 years ago

@5 You're correct but god is a lousy shot :)
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+8 8. dopkop commented 3 years ago

#5 - I expected it to hit the tail too. The science of how lightning finds a path in micro-seconds is fascinating.

Planes actually get hit by lightning frequently - very safe as it's a perfect Faraday cage. Scars the paint-job a bit, but that's about it.
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+7 9. mitis77 commented 3 years ago

#5 Lighting travels along path of least resistance, so even though some point on-earth might be higher then the other, path to it has more resistance and thus lighting will not hit it.

You can also see at last frame, it was traveling from top-left, so the top of a tail was in fact further away near the end of it's path.
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+3 10. 98oktan commented 3 years ago

#5: I think the highest point (whatever that thing is called) isn't actually metal, but some composite.
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+1 11. Pyranthos commented 3 years ago

Yea, i think that would be the 2nd worse thing to see while in a plane. While in flight, I think it would be far more terrifying to see a swarm of birds though.
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+2 12. Granko commented 3 years ago

Can anyone explain the slow motion effect (0:20)? The distortion can be possibly explained by EMP but what about that spherical "zoom" effect? Lightning could possibly influence the brightness or focus but not the picture geometry or zoom (in such a short moment). Any ideas?
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+2 13. thundersnow commented 3 years ago

#5 asked a good question
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+3 14. koritheratrat commented 3 years ago

@5 lightning does not always strike the tallest part of an object. Lightning travels the path of least resistance (the path changes based on the current conditions (temperature, moisture,...).
You could be standin up in a 20m tall tree holding an umbrella and your friend could be beneath the tree and he would get struck by lightning and not you. (highly unlikely though :D )
If you watch #8 video, you can see lightning spreading in to several branches (each traveling a path with least resistance, trying to dodge the hard paths), whichever branch reaches an object with a different charge than the cloud wins, so to speak.
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+2 15. Judge-Jake commented 3 years ago

It's a shame I didn't think of this earlier or we could now have a big debate about things you wouldn't want to see from an aeroplane, it's too low down now! (by the way that's also something you don't want to see on the planes altitude gauge) >:)
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+1 16. thundersnow commented 3 years ago

Yeah that would be fun and it''s not too late to have that discussion #15...what's too low, the discussion or the airplane lol?... but anyways on a more serious note:
The thing I don't want to see from an airplane is a wall of the side of a mountain...not trying to be negative, but still very sad and thinking about flight 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf (<3) Germany :( :'(
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0 17. buckleg08 commented 278 days ago

And imagine sitting inside that plane beneath the spot where the lightning struck or you are the guy outside signalling the planes...:D
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0 18. thundersnow commented 277 days ago

#16 Hmmm....did that happen three years ago! :O :'( :squirrel: