Event Details

Title:Pilot incapacitation from lightning, Boeing 757-236, G-BIKL
Micro summary:The copilot on this Boeing 757-236 was hit by lightning.
Event Time:2000-10-10 at 1215 UTC
File Name:2000-10-10-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/G2000/10/06
Site of event:Approach
Destination:Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 757-236
Flight Phase:Approach
Operator(s):British Airways
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:1
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The aircraft was making an approach to Runway 19R at Amsterdam/Schiphol with the First Officer (FO) acting as handling pilot. There was a line of cumulonimbus clouds present in the area and the commander was providing the FO with steering advice so as to pass between two decaying storm cells. The FO was seated with his right hand and part of his right arm resting on the cockpit coaming close to the right forward windscreen. At about 5,000 feet on the approach the aircraft was struck by lightning just below the right windscreen.

The FO was aware of a loud bang and bright flash and described feeling as if he had been kicked in the chest. After recovering from the initial surprise of the strike the FO found difficulty in using his right arm. He handed over control to the commander, and reverted to non-handling pilot. After landing the FO was taken for a medical examination that revealed a burn wound in his chest consistent with an electrical discharge. The FO returned to flying duties two weeks later but has subsequently developed a medical condition that may be a consequence of the incident. Examination of the aircraft revealed no evidence of a lightning strike.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Bang, pop, crack, sizzle!
Operations - Lightning
Operations - Pilot incapacitation


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