Thunderstorms

From:         laewell@iastate.edu (Lars A Ewell)
Organization: Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (USA)
Date:         17 Jun 94 23:59:08 
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To Whom it May Concern,

	While taking a recent flight from LaGuardia on a
727-200 we flew through a rather significant thunderstorm.
The rain was coming down pretty hard but what got my 
attention was at least one lightning flash that was not 
too far from the plane.  Are most commercial airliners
protected against lightning flashes?  Has there ever
been a record of lightning striking an airliner and if
so, what were the consequences?

	thanx,

	Lars Ewell