Private jet struck by lightning during descent to San Jose


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.

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Source:: The Mercury News

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