Terrifying moment when lightning strikes the passenger plane right in front of the pilots as it prepares to land in a storm in Panama
- The Boeing 737 MAX landed in Panama City during a severe storm
- A bolt of lightning struck the plane’s nose while it was 30,000 feet in the air
- The plane landed safely with no injuries to any of the 140 passengers
This is the terrifying moment when a 140-passenger plane was struck by lightning as it prepared to land.
The Boeing 737 MAX plane flew at about 30,000 feet and landed at Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport.
Dramatic footage shot from the cockpit shows a powerful bolt of lightning striking the aircraft’s nose as the pilots navigate through a severe storm.
Flying the plane in almost complete darkness, the pilots were stunned just feet outside their windows by the sudden lightning strike.
Despite the difficult conditions and with 140 nervous passengers on board, both pilots remained calm and were able to descend safely, without any passengers or crew being injured.
There was no damage to the fuselage of the Boeing 737 MAX.
The person filming, who did not want to be named, said: “Lightning strikes are quite common, but it’s special to capture one on video. I was just recording the flight during the storm. ‘
This is the terrifying moment when lightning struck the plane’s nose as it prepared to land in a severe storm. The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft began its descent to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City on March 15
Both pilots remained calm and continued to fly even though the lightning bolt suddenly shot out and the plane hit just yards away from them. All passengers and crew on board have landed safely
After the attack, no damage was done to the aircraft and the pilots made a safe landing. Lighting often falls on planes, but rarely causes damage or accidents thanks to a special ‘protection layer’ on the planes
When a plane in mid-air is struck by lightning, it usually hits sharp edges such as antennae, wings, nose or tail. The electricity then flows through the wiring and out of the plane.
Lightning strikes can occur during severe storms, but it is very unlikely that it will lead to an accident. Aircraft are coated with ‘protection finish’ to prevent damage from possible lightning strikes or similar impacts.
The event took place on March 15, when the passenger jet flew to Panama City.
The pilots flew the Boeing 737 MAX plane through a severe storm in almost complete darkness when the sudden bolt hit the jet and brightly lit the cockpit.