A passenger on a jet waiting to leave Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport captured a scary scene on his cell phone camera.
YouTube user Jack Perkins was recording a torrential downpour at the airport when lightning struck a Delta jet parked ahead of his plane on the taxiway. The jets were being prevented from taking off due to a ground stop order which was in effect because of the heavy storms over the airport.
Delta has not released any official information on which Delta flight suffered the lightning strike.
“A lightning strike on an aircraft is neither rare nor dangerous,” writes the official blog of Finnair, a Finnish airline. The blog says that the fuselage of most commercial jets is built to act as a Faraday Cage, deflecting the lightning strike away from the sensitive electronics and passengers inside the tube.