Solid-as-a-rock A380 aircraft struck… by lightning!

It is not uncommon for aircraft to be struck by lightning but this super heavy Emirates Airbus A380 got hit by a jagged bolt of lightning right over the pilot’s seats.

A huge amount of electric energy must have passed through the airframe of the aircraft during its approach at London Heathrow last week. Amazingly the commercial aircraft escaped damage, and nobody was hurt.

Is it any wonder this airplane may sustain such a stress in a clap of thunder? The size and the nature of the A380 airframe seems to be the right solution to such hazards. Thanks to its thick metal structure, the plane behaved as a perfect Faraday cage:

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Amazing topic: U.S. DRONES sent to research HURRICANES

USA flag BBC reports that small UAVs would be sent off US shore to research hurricanes. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has not cleared those drones to fly over CONUS (Continental USA) so far:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7421297.stm