August 20, 2015 8:43 am
Updated: August 20, 2015 1:48 pm

Lightning strike of Delta plane caught on camera, 117 people on board


WATCH ABOVE: It’s a good thing the plane was on the ground – and not mid-flight.

TORONTO – A man was recording with his cellphone when lightning struck a Delta Airlines plane while it sat on a runway.

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YouTube user Jack Perkins wasn’t able to board his flight Tuesday because of terrible weather moving through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport area. His intention was to share footage of the weather with his wife, according to CBS.

“While filming the line of planes all stacked up during a ground hold in Atlanta on [Tuesday] I happened to capture this direct lightning strike on a 737” Perkins explained on YouTube.

The lightning struck the rear of the Delta aircraft.

CBS / Jack Perkins

Global News writer Kim Gertler contacted Delta Airlines and a spokesman confirmed that 111 customers and six crew were on board the Boeing 737-900ER during the incident. The aircraft was awaiting clearance for take-off.

As incredible as the footage is, Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant said that aircraft design “allows lightning bolts to be safely directed.”

“Fuselage structure and industrial-grade insulation acts as [a] super-conductive lightning rod that re-channels lightning around and away from customers and crew and out into the ground via the landing gear,” Durrant explained in a statement.

“As with any event involving aircraft, Delta is doing a thorough investigation of the circumstances around this flight as safety is always Delta’s top priority.”

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