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Two planes struck by lightning

April 21, 2008 7:33:22 AM PDT
Dulles airport in Virginia is a still abuzz with word that two airplanes were struck by lightning, just minutes apart.The incident happened early Sunday morning and involved a United Express and a Continental Express plane. Both planes landed safely.

Other passengers seemed confident they would be safe in the sky.

"I'm sure they account for certain variabilities in the air. You're not going to know what a cloud is going to do to you until it's already done. You pray, you hope and God takes care of you," said airline passenger Willie Holman.

An aviation expert said commercial airplanes are now built to withstand direct hits by lightning. The skin of aircrafts absorbs the lightning, and the interior is shielded from the electric currents.


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