Lightning Hits Airplane

May 9th, 2013 at 2:21 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

plane    Lightning hit an American Airlines passenger jet heading from Detroit to LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday.  The captain declared an emergency.  Fortunately, the plane landed safely at LaGuardia.   The American Eagle flight with 20 passengers and three crew members was hit on its approach to the New York area.   Comment on the story:  Allison Cooper · Works at Yale University School of Medicine  “My brother was the pilot on the plane. At first, there was a loud boom. They thought it was a bomb. Then a second one. The flash let them know it was lightning. It is not avoidable. He landed the plane safely. The whole back end was burned and the flight grounded until the plane can be thoroughly inspected. He just called me to tell me what happened.  He is shaken by it. Who wouldn’t be. The passengers were screaming they were going to die.  How scary.  No damage to the instruments and was a normal landing. Unfortunately, weather patterns change fast and lightning is not avoidable. Thank God everyone is safe!”    The thunderstorms produced over 3″ of rain at Central Park and there was some local flooding.

Also, the temperature reached 80 at S. Ste. Marie on Weds., 81 at Iron Mt. and 78 at Houghton.  Here’s an oddity, the warmest place in the U.S. Weds. was Entiat, Washington (97).  The coolest spot was Sunset Crater, Arizona (24).  Grand Rapids made 80 on Weds., the 4th 80-degree temperature in the last 8 days.  We are now 11.6 deg. warmer than average for the first 8 days of May.  We have also had 12 days in a row warmer than average.  The pop-up showers/t-showers produced 0.47″ of rain at the Kalamazoo Airport in the late afternoon.  We had 0.03″ at WOOD here at Heritage Hill and 0.02″ at GVSU downtown.   Spotters recorded 0.17″ near Mendon and 0.15″ on the near West Side of Kalamazoo.

8 Responses to “Lightning Hits Airplane”

  1. Skot says:

    any news on the plane circling downtown GR from 9 to after 1030 wednesday night??? very was dark, no engine sound, but had strobe lights flashing along with the usual wing and tail lights blinking.

    1. Skot says:

      very seriously thought it was one of them thar Armed Service DRONES. Tight circle pattern. Odd for a plane.

  2. Brad says:

    The new normal. This heat is blowing away the marginally colder than normal April temps. The UP is frying.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Marginally? And Alaska was unseasonably cold in April as well.

      At 5 PM Thurs. the temperature in Marquette is a balmy 36 with a stiff north wind off Lake Superior.

  3. Drew says:

    The picture attached to this article is of an aircraft no longer flown by American Eagle.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      This is the picture than accompanied the article at NBC in N.Y (online). I’m able to grab any picture from an NBC affiliate and use it on the blog. I can’t just grab a picture from American Airlines.

      1. Kim Owen says:

        Any idea what model airplane?

  4. CRJaviatrix says:

    It was an Embraer 135 with 20 passengers and three crew members.

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