Air Canada Boeing 777 appears to be struck by lightning after take-off

  • Video shows an Air Canada Boeing 777 being struck by lightning
  • The plane didn’t take any damage
  • It resumed its services after inspection by Air Canada

Published on Jun 10, 2024 at 3:22 PM (UTC+4)
by Siddharth Dudeja

Last updated on Jun 10, 2024 at 3:22 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

This bizarre video shows an Air Canada Boeing 777 carrying passengers being struck by lightning shortly after taking off, and the best part is that it didn’t suffer any damages.

The Air Canada flight AC860 had just departed from Vancouver and was on its way to London.

When lightning struck the 777-300ER, it passed through the plane, and it completed its 10-hour-long flight like it was nothing.

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The Boeing 777 was left unharmed

Air Canada inspected the Boeing 777 upon its arrival in London and found no signs of damage.

After the inspection, the plane got ready for its next flight and departed back to Vancouver.

An airplane that just got hit with a lightning bolt acting like nothing happened seems unusual, right?

Well, it’s not.

The video, posted on X by an account called ‘Breaking Aviation News & Videos,’ shows a lightning strike entering the front of the plane, passing over, and finally exiting through the tail.

It might be a common thing for planes, but we rarely get to see it on video.

Lightning strikes aren’t particularly dangerous for airplanes

As bizarre as it may be, lightning strikes are completely normal for airplanes.

Moreover, experts say that lightning doesn’t strike the plane — the plane attracts it instead.

As a matter of fact, almost every airplane gets struck by one of these at least once every year.

Like all other passenger aircraft, the 777 often encounters bad weather, and pilots have to take off and land in harsh conditions like torrential rain.

The lightning strike certainly appears to be dangerous because thousands of volts of electricity enter a plane in the air, after all.

The large flash generated during the phenomenon is baffling, to say the least.

But how does an aircraft like the Boeing 777 survive this kind of thing?

The short answer is — it’s science.

The inherent design of an aircraft’s hull acts as a Faraday cage to shield everyone inside the airplane.

Moreover, the plane’s fuselage, embedded with sturdy materials like carbon fiber, conducts electricity so it can safely travel out of the tail.

Even though it happens every now and then, watching the Boeing 777 get struck by lightning is certainly an unusual sight.

Supercar Blondie has contacted Air Canada for a comment.


Siddharth Dudeja

Siddharth is a tech nerd with a secret love of all things cars. He has been writing for a few years now, and on his free time you would find him gaming when he's not procrastinating.