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Video answers: ‘What happens when a plane is struck by lightning?’

Here are the answers to last Friday’s video, enjoy!

Suggested ICAO level for video: 5+

  1. They don’t notice anything dramatic, just a quick flash of light.
  2. There aren’t any noticeable effects to a plane’s systems after a strike.
  3. They’re designed to allow the flow of electricity to pass through the plane and dissipate off the trailing edges of it.
  4. Objects called static wicks are used to help electricity exit the plane.
  5. They also help with the discharge of static electricity that accumulates on the plane.
  6. Small burn marks can be left on a plane after a lightning strike, which aren’t an issue according to Alex.

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