How does lightning effect planes

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How does lightning effect planes

Postby batten1985 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:36 am

So I was talking with a friend of mine the other day on the dangers of flying through a severe storm and how a commercial airliner would be able to handle it, especially the effect of lightning. I think its fairly obvious that most planes would try and divert around storms but what would happen if a plane got caught up in a major storm? Are they designed to be able to handle such winds and changes in air pressure? And most interestingly how would a plane cope with being struck but lightning? Years ago someone told me that when a plane is hit by lightning it creates a huge electric ball to go down the plane. Now Im not scientist but this seemed rather far fetched to me.
Would anyone on here be able to offer a better explanation to this please?

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