Lightning Hits AirplaneMay 9th, 2013 at 2:21 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
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.