Hmm, if I were on one of those flights, I'd go buy a lottery ticket right away!
So exactly how common is it for lightning to strike two different planes in the same morning? Does it matter where on the plane it struck? Does the flight crew know? Do passengers feel anything or are aware at the moment of the strike? Are there ways to avoid it or detect it ahead of time? Has lightning, by itself, taken down a plane before? Can it?
From Associated Press:
SHANNON, Ireland - Two Aer Lingus flights from the United States were struck by lightning while landing Saturday at Shannon Airport in western Ireland, the airline said.
No one was injured on the flights, but the lightning slightly damaged the noses of both planes, preventing them from flying on to Dublin, the Irish capital, Aer Lingus said.
One flight from Boston landed at Shannon Airport at 5:50 a.m., while the other one from New York landed at 8 a.m. Passengers bound for the Irish capital were taken there aboard another plane, the airline said.
Return flights to the United States also were delayed as engineers examined both aircraft before returning them to service, Aer Lingus said.
The airline said it was unusual for two planes to be hit by lightning at Shannon Airport on the same morning.