Bolt hits plane’s nose
Planes are designed to withstand lightning, but the jolt still shook up the 60 passengers aboard flight 58-79.
“I closed my eyes and I saw this big flash and big pop at the same time, a big flash even with my eyes closed,” passenger Matt Gould said. “[I] open my eyes, everyone was looking around. We kind of had a feeling we were hit by lighting. We weren’t sure.”
The pilots knew right away what happened and they radioed air traffic control about what happened.
“We just had a severe lightning strike hit the nose,” a pilot said over the radio. “We’re going to have to return to Buffalo for now.”
Gould, an avid traveler, said fear came over him for a moment when the crew jumped into action and turned the flight around, but he said he was OK with the delay for safety’s sake.