Insane Video Of A 737 Being Struck By Lightning

Lightning strikes of planes are fairly common. I’ve been on a handful of flights over the years which have been struck by lightning, and it’s usually not a big deal (though it can be loud). However, all of those lightning strikes were mid-air, so you couldn’t actually see them.

However, YouTube user Jack Perkins captured an incredible video of a Delta 737 being struck by lightning while on the taxiway at Atlanta Airport. Here’s the video description:

While filming the line of planes all stacked up during a ground hold in Atlanta on 8/18/15 I happened to capture this direct lightning strike on a 737.

And here’s the video:

Here’s a screen grab from the video which shows the lightning strike happening (look at the tires, in particular):


That looks straight out of The Twilight Zone, if you ask me!


  1. Woah! That looks really cool and frightening at the same time. Would the tyres had been in working order afterwards?

  2. Does the plane take off after that? Or is it part of the procedure to go back to the gate to get checked up before taking off?

    I understand that in flight a lightning strike is usually no big deal, but seeing that picture with sparks at the tires, something tells me that a check up would be in order!

  3. my friend was driving in miami during a thunderstorm and his car was hit by lightning, all four tires immediately burst. luckily he was in heavy traffic and only going about 5-10 mph at the time.

  4. Even God hates Delta’s SkyPeso devaluations and rate chart removal.

    At the same time it does show just how well-engineered these aircraft are — the lights stayed on and no fireball/smoke.

  5. “At the same time it does show just how well-engineered these aircraft are — the lights stayed on and no fireball/smoke.”

    No it doesn’t. It just shows that they are a Faraday cage.

  6. @Rui N. — No, there’s still plenty of good design there. Most cars are write-offs after being struck by lightning.

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