Amazing but true. A Boeing 777 was struck by lightning while flying over Germany yesterday. And even more incredibly, it happened while it passed through a rainbow. Wait and hold your breath, the more incredibly amazing part of the news is yet to come.
The moment of the aircraft being struck by the lightning while passing through the rainbow has been caught by a photographer on the ground. German photographer Birk Möbius caught the images at the Aerodrome in Taucha in the eastern part of Germany.
Lightning strikes on aircraft are far more common than you might expect, in fact it’s believed that the average airplane will be struck once every two years in its lifetime. As planes have metal bodies it makes them vulnerable to lightning strikes. But passengers rarely notice when they happen, according to research.
However, the chances of capturing one on camera are very remote. And in this occasion the photo shoot was all the more unbelievable due to the lightning factor. Thankfully aircraft designers have been compensating for these scenarios for some time so modern aircraft have a very thin layer of copper on the outside skin, effectively turning the entire aircraft into a faraday cage.
This protects not only the passengers inside but also the electronics of the plane. Fuel tanks as well are built to withstand over 30,000 degrees in heat making them more than capable of protecting against lightning.
This one in a million image is so rare that you might not get to see this again in your lifetime. So soak in it and enjoy the fact that there will probably never be a photo like this again.