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Lightning Strikes Again?

by John M. White |

I just got home, and I have not had an opportunity to learn much about the Airbus A330 accident with the aircraft enroute from Brazil to Paris, but I understand it disappeared from radar some 200 miles out over the Atlantic Ocean. My son works for a charter airline company and flies on Douglas DC-8 and Boeing 767 aircraft, and he called earlier today. His opinion, for whatever it is worth, was that lightning probably struck the aircraft causing a catastrophic loss to the electrical system in the aircraft which would have resulted in no ability to control the aircraft. Airbus aircraft are "fly by wire" airliners, and without the computer you can't fly them (at least that is what my son says). Truthfully, I simply don't know having only flown DC-8s and DC-3s. But the loss of so many lives is a tragedy, and a shame if it truly was caused by a problem with the aircraft. I will try and check out some of the news here this evening, and perhaps get a better perspective on what happened to this flight. My son maintains that they should ground all of the Airbus aircraft, which would be a great deal for his beloved Boeings. I reserve my judgment on that until later. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 To invent a plane is nothing. To build one is something. To fly is everything. -- Otto Lilienthal

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