Japan Airlines plane struck by lightning
A Japan Airlines plane was reportedly struck by a bolt of lightning as typhoon Gorio continued to lash parts of the Philippines on Friday.
The lightning reportedly struck the plane as it was cruising at at least 15, 000 feet while the pilots of the aircraft were preparing to land at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1.
The JAL flight, JL-741, from Narita, Japan landed at NAIA at around 1:08 p.m. and parked at bay 11 for technical inspection.
The aircraft was scheduled to depart back to Narita at 2:40 p.m. but was delayed for a few minutes when the airline ground crew safety inspector conducted a post-flight inspection to determine if there was any damage to the atmospheric electricity discharge at the nose, landing gear, and the door of the aircraft.
The flight was allowed to depart for Japan as the safety inspector found no damage to the aircraft.
The flight was carrying more than 200 passengers when a powerful bolt of lightning reportedly hit the carriage of the aircraft minutes before landing at the NAIA.
Manila International Airport Authority general manager Ed Monreal said every modern aircraft has an anti-lightning device called lightning arrester to protect the aircraft from lightning during inclement weather.
All passengers on board were safe.