Tag Archives: weather

What happens when lightning strikes a plane?

Lightning strikes on aircraft are probably more common than you think, but they’re not dangerous. They usually strike one part of the plane and the current travels around the outside of the aircraft and exits into the atmosphere again at another exterior point. The aircraft essentially acts as what is known as a Faraday’s Cage. […]

Turbulence – is it safe and where should I sit?

When talking to various people I find that at least half of them have some sort of anxiety towards flying and almost all of them charge turbulence as their main fear.  It’s an understandable fear – you’re being bounced around in a metal tube more than 6 miles up with nowhere to go, which is […]

Can a thunderstorm bring down a plane?

The simple answer to this question is, no. In general terms a thunderstorm alone will not bring down a plane. Modern aircraft are built to withstand a huge amount of turbulence and contrary to what some people think, the wings aren’t going to break off (the wings are actually not two wings but one large […]