Atlantic Southeast Airlines Lightning Strike: This Would Get Anyone’s Attention

Thanks to one of our American Airlines‘ pilot friends who sent us these photos this morning of an Atlantic Southeast Airlines/Delta Connection aircraft, after it suffered a lightning strike.

If these photos don’t scare the you-know-what out of you, I’m not sure what would.

As he said to me in his note, “Wonder what the Captain’s seat cushion looked like after this…”




5 thoughts on “Atlantic Southeast Airlines Lightning Strike: This Would Get Anyone’s Attention

  1. briyyz

    I don’t think it was lightning, see:
    ASA Airlines flight 5533, a Bombardier CRJ-200, experienced a cockpit fire on the ground shortly after external power was applied to the airplane in preparation for flight. The captain and one flight attendant evacuated the airplane via an airstair without injuries. They were the only individuals on the airplane at the time. The fire department extinguished the fire after it had burned an approximate 18 inch hole through the left upper cockpit crown skin. The flight, intended to be conducted as Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121 scheduled service, was to be flown from Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH), Tallahassee, Florida, to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Atlanta, Georgia.

  2. MikeKade

    Actually, I believe that this is a lightning strike. If you look at the damage, you can tell by the beveling that it occurred on the outside of the aircraft. If a fire had occurred in the cockpit, then the hole would have been beveled outwards, not inwards as shown on this photo.

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