Passenger on lightning hit plane recounts ordeal

Passenger on lightning hit plane recounts ordeal

Swithin Haangala writes:

About the plane. On take off pilot warns us about storms and turbulence between Choma and Mazabuka as we take off.

As we climb, there is the usual turbulence, nothing untoward. We settle into flight and all is calm. I notice a turn and think to myself that the pilot is avoiding some clouds. We are now just over thirty minutes into the flight and by my calculation we are definitely between Choma and Mazabuka. The announcement from the pilot comes. We have started our descent. I feel relaxed. It seems the storm warning was just a precaution. And then a loud bang, a whoosh of noise and heavy rain pelts the plane. We lose altitude and start dancing in the air. Still nothing to worry about. The cabin attendant who is preparing for landing takes the seat next to me. “Time to sit down”, he tells me. I am seated, my hands now firmly gripping the seat rest in from of me. I let out a nervous laughter. “Are you scared, I ask him”. He smiles assuringly at me. “If I get scared how would you react with the other passengers.” A few minutes later and the plane has ridden the storm and he goes to his usual seat.

Everything is all calm, but I have a searing pain in my left ear and my head feels like it’s being torn off. I look around. Everyone seems calm but my headache and the pounding of the ear is becoming unbearable. After a few moments it calms down a bit and we land safely and smoothly. As we come out of the plane, we see the damage on the plane. Surprisingly all of us share the pain of the headache and the pounding ear. We seem to have just survived a near disaster but thanks to the pilots and crew, none of us realize the danger we have been in thanks to the Proflight crew. #ProudtobeZambian.

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    Rassti 2 weeks ago

    Interested!

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    The Watchman 2 weeks ago

    Swithin
    You finally write ‘ thanks to the pilots…….’ I find this very strange! Be grateful Swithin! Be grateful to God! If it weren’t for God it could have been worse. 

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    Steve 2 weeks ago

    I hope an investigation has been launched to determine how and why the plane got damaged. All aircraft are supposed to be insulated from this type of impact from lightning. This must also be reported to the aircraft manufacturer and they must be involved in the investigation. Pro flight should make the report public

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    UPND is to blame , its only in southern province that we have issues of ightening and bees attacking PF , PLEASE LETS BE AWARE OF 2021 NEVER CAMPAIGN IN SP

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    Student Pilot 2 weeks ago

    The damage was caused by the hailstorm. This aircraft design (almost all except maybe some kight sport aircraft) takes care of lightning. And yet, the pilots did a commendable job to manoeuvre to safe landing.I had a similar on a pro flight from Lilongwe and the pilot handled it very well. We however didn’t have damage to the plane. Just my beer cup thrown into the aisle and my wife praying in tongues.

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      LUNGU'S jet is lightning proof 1 week ago

      Kikikikiki! So Zedians do have a sense of humor. Ati my wife speaking in tongues yazanda

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    Ken Simwanza 2 weeks ago

    Lightning strikes on commercial planes are not an uncommon phenomenon and this is taken into account during the design process and subsequent aircraft certification of airworthiness. Still it requires competent pilots to ride out a strike. My congratulations to the calm and very professional Proflight pilots and cabin crew.

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    Flying witch 2 weeks ago

    May be the plane was getting too close to the gates of Heaven without a permit. Ifwe mfwiti we know very well the routes that avoid gates of heaven. But these tu ma young pilots at Proflight think they can fly anywhere in sky. There certain areas that are protected. Some portions of Choma skies are no go areas.