Scary moment lightning hits passenger plane just after take off

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This is the terrifying moment lightning hit a passenger plane's wing during a flight from Estonia to Spain.

The incident was filmed by a passenger shortly after take off from Tallinn Airport about 1.20pm (local time) on November 6.

Airport spokesperson Jane Kallaste said the crew and passengers were uninjured after the incident.

Two stills from a video of lightning striking a passenger plane on the way to Spain from Estonia.
Lightning struck a passenger plane shortly after take off. Source: CEN/Australscope

The lightning struck the aircraft's left wing shortly after departing for Spain and the pilot had to carry out an emergency landing.

But there were no reports of any injuries and passengers landed in Malaga, Spain on a replacement plane with only an 80-minute delay, according to news site Metropoles.

Alise Bethere, spokesperson for the Latvian flag carrier airBaltic, confirmed one of the plane's wings had been struck, adding thanks to advanced technology, lightning strikes do not pose a major threat to aircrafts any more.

The plane was an Airbus A220 and it reportedly took off from Runway 26 at Tallinn Airport.

According to the RadarBox platform, also known as AirNav Systems, the lightning strike took place about four minutes after take off when the plane was about 2400 metres from the ground.

As soon as the incident happened, the pilot returned to the airport and the plane was replaced.

– Australscope

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