Saturday, January 26, 2013

Turkish Airlines plane hit by lightning

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A short hop from Izmir to Istanbul became an interminable nightmare for 114 passengers when one of the engines on their Turkish Airline plane suddenly caught fire after being struck by lightning.

Making matters even worse, the plane had just hit a patch of rough sky and was experiencing severe turbulence.

Footage of the entire harrowing ordeal, captured on camera by passenger Bertan Atay, shows a surprising lack of panic among those seated in the main cabin.

Happily, the engine's fire-extinguishing gear was not damaged by the lightning, and the pilot was able to control the flame and bring the plane in for an emergency landing.

According to the airline, none of the passengers were hurt.

For additional perspective, this is what it looked like from the ground:

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