Monday, April 16, 2018

Incident occurred April 16, 2018 near San Jose International Airport (KSJC), California

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A ClipperJet landed at Mineta San Jose International Airport after being hit by lightning this morning, an airport spokeswoman confirmed.

The pilot of the Falcon 2000 first reported a possible lightning strike at 9:30 a.m. when the plane was 5 miles west of the airport en route to San Jose. 

After landing, the pilot confirmed that the plane had been struck.

There were eight passengers on board and no injuries were reported, according to airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes.

Barnes said emergency responders were not called to the scene and the jet taxied to a private parking facility on the west side of the airport.

She said the incident occurred in Federal Aviation Administration airspace and airport operations were not affected.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

SAN JOSE — A private jet descending to San Jose was hit by a lightning strike on a stormy Monday morning but landed safely afterward, officials said.

The pilot of a Dassault Falcon 2000 reported around 9:30 a.m. that the aircraft “may have been struck by lightning” about five miles west of Mineta San Jose International Airport, said airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes.

Barnes said the pilot did not call for an emergency landing, and the plane landed safely a few minutes later. There were no reported injuries among the crew or eight passengers on board.

A post-flight inspection confirmed that the plane was hit by lightning, Barnes said. The extent of any damage was not immediately clear.

Lightning strikes are fairly common with commercial aircraft, with some authoritative estimates indicating that every commercial plane in the United States experiences at least one lightning strike each year. But virtually none of those strikes cause any serious damage or flight risk because modern aircraft fuselages are designed to conduct and redirect any electrical energy absorbed.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.mercurynews.com

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