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LOOK: Moment aircraft gets struck by lightning after take-off

The South African logo The South African 2022/11/02 Reeshni Chaslyn Chetty

Images showing lightning striking one of the world’s largest aircraft have gone viral online.

The aircraft was hit just after take-off

The Airbus Beluga was hit while taking off from Hawarden Airport in Wales. The incident occurred at around 13:00 GMT on Tuesday, 1 November.

According to BBC News, the plane is used to transport parts of other planes around the world.

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The large aircraft safely landed in Germany following the lightning strike.

Beluga has plenty of jobs but one of the more important ones is to fly wings for the A350 aircraft from Broughton (where they are manufactured) to Toulouse where it is assembled.

Locals reported hearing a loud bang and seeing a flash of light

Various reports online stated that there was a flash of light. This was reportedly followed by a loud bang.

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The above reports happened around the same time the aircraft was struck by lightning.

Shortly after this, BBC explained, a number of properties lost power.

Some properties’ power went off shortly after the plane was struck. Photo: Glenn Smethurst / Facebook © Provided by The South African Some properties’ power went off shortly after the plane was struck. Photo: Glenn Smethurst / Facebook

Airbus says the lightning strike was a ‘routine event’

Airbus said that the lightning strike was a ‘routine event’. It added that the whale-shaped aircraft made its way to Hamburg as planned.

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“This is a routine event in aviation and the aircraft continued with its journey to Hamburg as planned. In accordance with standard operating procedure, the aircraft will be inspected before its next flight,” said Airbus.

Many locals reported hearing a loud bang and a flash of light around the same time the plane was struck. Photo: Glenn Smethurst / Facebook © Provided by The South African Many locals reported hearing a loud bang and a flash of light around the same time the plane was struck. Photo: Glenn Smethurst / Facebook

5 new international flight routes launching in South Africa before end of 2022

In other news, it was previously reported that with South Africa’s domestic airline industry under immense pressure, international airlines are taking advantage of a boom in demand.

At least FIVE new flight paths were launched that will come into effect before the end of 2022.

As reported by The South African website, South Africa’s four remaining domestic airlines are likely to remain under pressure for the next four to five months. Read the full story here.

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