Icelandair Plane Hit With Lightning Mid-Air

Passengers recall what happened when lightning struck, blowing a hole in the nose of the plane.
1:16 | 04/09/15

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We're going to turn now to that stunning image out of Colorado tonight. A Boeing 757 traveling from Iceland to Denver, their plan hit by lightning. The pilots discovering this. The lightning punching a hole in the nose of the plane. This evening, the passengers speaking out about what they saw and what they heard. Here's ABC's David Kerley. Reporter: This is the nose cone of that 757, blasted open by a bolt of lightning. Yesterday, passengers felt it. It shook violently for half a second. Reporter: The Iceland air jet struck as it took off from Reykjavik. The pilots may not have realized how big the hit was, they continued on the 3,600-mile trip, all the way to Denver. That's a fairly sizable hole there and that's just a big bolt of electricity punching a hole in a fiberglass radome that's in the nose of the airplane. Reporter: That nose cone is the softest part of the jet liner. Every jet flying American skies is hit at least once a year on average. Look at this. Within moments, two landing jetliners hit by lightning over Seattle recently. Plane makers test to make sure that lightning never enters the cabin. Flows over the surface of the aircraft back to ground. Reporter: A small hole or a scorch mark is usually the most significant damage and no modern day jetliner has ever been brought down by lightning.

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