Only struck in aeroplanes. When ATC won't/can't allow a turn to avoid CB's.
Hollow "POP!" like a light bulb imploding, but much louder, bright fuzzy blue "flame" effect, seemingly filling the cockpit, smell of electrical sparks (ozone?). Temporary loss of vision, especially at night.
Slight pock marks on external paint, no injury. Occasional compass/ADF errors. A need to write it up in the Tech. Log. !
Cabin Crew have told me of "ball lightning" in the cabin. I'd love to see that, never have !
You probably mean exposed individuals struck by lightning. Never happened to me, sorry. Don't you wish.
I live in Townsville, Australia, and I seem to remember a worker at the airport being struck by lightning once.
It was in the days when the DC9s serviced (so probably 70s to mid 80s). Dunno what airline it was.
I am pretty sure it was a DC9 (maybe a 727, too long ago) craft that had just landed (at night) and there was a lot of rain and that. Anyhow, the food truck had pulled up at the just arrived jet and was in the process of unloading all of the empty trays etc. Lightning struck the tail of the aircraft, and the current was channeled down and threw the guy from the gangway onto the tarmac. I think he was killed, but I'm not sure.
Anyhow, at the airport in the crew rooms and operations offices there are these posters warning against the dangers of thunderstorms and aircraft, and how it is best to work in the conditions.
Close, but close enough. Up in the Kimberley region of Western Aus they get some serious kick ass thunderies. I'd been out for a run and popped in to see a mate. It was raining pick handles and lots of lightning zapping around. He offered to give me a lift in his car. I hopped out and as I was closing the metal gate it hit. All I remember seeing(??) was an unbelievable bright flash and I couldn't let go of the gate. In fact, the electric shock pulled me onto the gate. I remember feeling a pulsing sensation and I couldn't let go. There were at least 4 "pulses" before I could let go. I screamed my lungs out and ran into the house. I was shaking for ages and my hands looked like they had been scalded. For days my arms, chest and back ached like crazy. Worse than any exercise regime has ever done. My hands peeled and I had bruising from when I hit the gate.
I think the lightning actually hit a little way away but the metal gate (and fence) plus all the water around conducted the electricity. I just happened to be touching the gate at the wrong time. The only thing that has intrigued me was I heard nothing.
Apparently the worst thing to do if caught out on the golf course during an electrical storm is to lie flat on the grass. Leaves me wondering what the best thing to do is. shake the club at the heavens... open the umbrella.. make for the very tall trees(here).
I've heard that crouching down is the go. One of the worst things is taking big steps because you introduce a large electrical potential if the lightning strikes nearby. Of course, the best thing is to see the storm coming and get undercover.... (wish I had done that in 1994!!)
Got struck by lightning as a pax, overwing window seat on a BA 757 LHR to MAN. Big white flash and a bang like someone had set off a firecracker outside my window. It went very quiet as drinks service had been abandoned and everyone was strapped in and being chucked about.
What made it special was the brilliant way the skipper handled it when he come on a short time later "Ladies and Gentlemen, when we land in Manchester in 10 minutes time, you'll be able to tell ALL your friends you've been struck by lightning today! It's perfectly safe and everything's fine here in the cockpit etc etc. Cabin Crew, 10 minutes to landing that's 10 minutes to landing".
I smiled and I noticed others were laughing with relief. Give that Captain an "Award for Excellence" if they stil have them.
The fear of being struck by lightning is called Astraphobia, I find a tinfoil cap worn when outdoors not only prevents messages being beamed into me head by those folks from Beta Reticulum it also protects the noggin from random lightning strike.
Our PE teacher at school had a pretty close call along very similar lines to Redsnail. We were all out on the playing field on a typical English summer afternoon for PE (cold, cloudy and potentially very wet) and he was teaching us how to throw a javelin (not the fighter type), when there was a bright flash.
Seems the javelin he was holding had been struck by lightning. Fortunately it was pointy end in the ground at the time, and he was holding it by the binding. However it was humming and vibrating after the strike. Funny shade of greenish white the old fella turned almost immediately. Just as well he was a bit of a short-arse and we were all only little nippers at the time too.