As he told the Daily Mail in an interview:
‘Planes get hit by lightning several times a year,’ he said. ‘They act as a conductor. Getting a good strike like this can look very dramatic but it might not make any impact.
‘Manufacturers must make aircraft capable of withstanding a lightning strike and protecting those inside.
‘It means the plane’s body must contain metal so it can act as a conductor, allowing the electricity to pass through it.
‘If it didn’t have the metal, the plane could explode when hit.’
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