Plane struck by LIGHTNING over Saudi Arabia as it flies through a thunderstorm

  • The plane was travelling over the town of Hail when it flew into the storm
  • Expert believes lightning may have actually hit plane, despite other reports 
  • It is unclear which carrier was involved, but no injuries were reported

This is the shocking moment a plane flying over north-west Saudi Arabia appears to be struck by a bolt of lightning during a thunderstorm.

Footage shot by someone on the ground shows the aircraft high in the air - above the town of Hail - then lightening suddenly flashing across the sky.

One expert said that it could well have struck the plane. 

This is the shocking moment a plane flying over north-west Saudi Arabia appears to be struck by a bolt of lightning during a thunderstorm 

This is the shocking moment a plane flying over north-west Saudi Arabia appears to be struck by a bolt of lightning during a thunderstorm 

Footage shot by someone on the ground shows the aircraft high in the air - above the town of Hail - then lightening suddenly flashing across the sky 

Footage shot by someone on the ground shows the aircraft high in the air - above the town of Hail - then lightening suddenly flashing across the sky 

Ajel newspaper reported that the lightening missed, but Richard Taylor of the Civil Aviation Society said: 'It is difficult to tell from the footage, but it could well have struck the aircraft.

'Airliners are actually well designed to withstand the effects of a lightning strike and so significant physical damage to the airframe is very rare. 

'The safety of the aircraft in flight is not usually affected.'

An expert has stated that there is a possibility that the lightning actually struck the aircraft

An expert has stated that there is a possibility that the lightning actually struck the aircraft

It is unclear which carrier the plane belonged to, however no injuries were reported 

It is unclear which carrier the plane belonged to, however no injuries were reported 

Since being uploaded to YouTube, the video has had more than 140,000 views and comments. 

It is unclear which carrier the plane belonged to, however no injuries were reported.

The video follows another shocking clip covered by MailOnline earlier this month that captured the moment an Icelandair flight from Reykjavik to London was approaching Heathrow airport and was hit by lightning.

At least two other flights, a plane flying to City Airport from Edinburgh and a flight from Prague into Heathrow, were also believed to have been hit by lightning on the same evening.

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