United 777 lightning strike forces return to SFO

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  1. Infinite1K
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    I was in a lightning strike out of MIA, bound for LPB. Power went out and the plane slowly fell for <5 seconds before the engines again fired and lights came back on. Had to return to MIA and get new crew that had been bound for Caracas. Arrived in LPB, going by VVI instead of the other way around, six hours late.

    The happy ending to the story is that AA sent us all 12,000 miles in apology, which was nice.
     
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    Very Nice!
     
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    The old crew, and some passengers needed showers and new clothing no doubt.
     
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    That's my ride to LHR on Saturday!
     
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    They said it was pretty crazy out there last night...

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    Wow, we never get anything like that in the Bay Area!

    My own lighting experience while flying was on a ERJ-145 heading from IAH to AMA. We'd already been delayed 6 hours and managed to get rebooked on pretty much the only flight they were willing to operate that night. There was a lot of wind, a lot of rain, and tons of flashes out in the night sky. Not the most fun in a regional jet, but it was cool to watch.
     
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    Cool pics!
     
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    As in flight number (UA930) or actual plane (N229UA).

    Weather should be fine tomorrow, so I'd only be (slightly) concerned if you are getting the same metal.
     
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    The aircraft will be undergoing a MX inspection before returning to the rotation so I wouldn't be slightly concerned at all since United takes Flight Safety seriously, and don't call me Shirley.
     
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    Flight number. Looks like it will be a different plane.

    But I'm not worried. Isn't the statistic that each plane gets hit by lightning once or twice per year on average?

    We've got the storms in LA today. Haven't heard this much thunder in years!
     
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    It was a pretty heavy storm last night, I don't recall seeing lightning like that around here in quite some time (halfway between SFO and SJC). Glad everyone is ok.
     
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    It was definitely one for the record books. The NWS recorded 750 strikes between 8p and midnight which is more lightning strikes than anyone can remember in recent years. It also broke rainfall records in 4 Bay Area cities.
     
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    I live in Menlo Park, and we had a ground strike within a block by the sound of it.
     
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    Now I have the Lou Christie song stuck in my head.
     
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    That was a very nice bonus from AA
     
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    I think the happy ending to the story was the the engines came back on quickly!:D
     
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    Same for me and I made it so presumably you did too!

    Jeff
     
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