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Photographer Captures Terrifying Moment Plane Gets Struck By Lightning Right After Takeoff

by Mauricio Castillo
Mauricio has been writing for 11 years and is deeply into movies, sports and anything funny.

I’ll admit: When I was young, I used to have a crippling fear of planes. Whenever summer vacation came around, I wished and prayed that my parents wouldn’t announce that we’d be going on a getaway — one that would require a plane ride.

Now, I can get on a plane without giving it a second thought. As an adult, I see that the majority of my fear was brought about by a lack of information.

I didn’t know anything about planes; I didn’t know what they could or couldn’t do, what they could withstand. I didn’t know why or how frequently planes crashed.

It just goes to show you how powerful information can be!

The video you’re about to watch shows a plane being struck by lightning. Now, to someone who doesn’t know much about planes, it sounds like a tragedy waiting to happen.

But Ralph Valkenier — the man who shot the video — described it as proof of how planes can respond to “the power of Mother Nature.”

Ralph specializes in aviation photography and filmography. He was recording the takeoff and flight of a Boeing 777 from the Schiphol Amsterdam Airport in the Netherlands.

Horrible weather conditions surrounded the plane as it lifted off. Then, shockingly, it was hit!

Scientific American states: “Although passengers and crew may see a flash and hear a loud noise if lightning strikes their plane, nothing serious should happen because of the careful lightning protection engineered into the aircraft and its sensitive components.”

Check out the startling moment in the video below, and please SHARE it on Facebook!

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