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A week ago, a passenger Boeing flying from Simferopol to Moscow was struck with a lightning. The passengers were not injured, but the aircraft fuselage was damaged. Are such accidents dangerous?

Generally, storm clouds are prone to endanger aircraft. Direct lightning strikes can cause fire, fuel explosion, and mechanical damage to the aircraft. When passing through a thunderstorm, a lot of aeronautical equipment may fail and radio communication may be disrupted.  However, these days, it rarely results in anything far too serious as modern airliners are fairly well protected against lightning, they are equipped with meteorological radars that show storm fronts at a distance of one hundred kilometers on the screen in the cockpit . Reasonably in advance, pilots bypass them at long range.

Lightning and Aircraft

For those who care about safety, not only in the air but on the ground, it is recommended to use external lightning protection systems.

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