A stunning video has captured the intense moment when lightning struck a US plane, packed with passengers, shortly after it landed during a storm.
In the footage, the American Eagle plane, which belongs to the regional branch of American Airlines, is shown being struck by a powerful bolt of lightning as it flew through a stormy weather in Arkansas.
The specific aircraft involved was an Embraer E175. It had recently touched down and was waiting for the storm to subside before proceeding to the gate. However, on Sunday afternoon (June 25), an unexpected burst of electricity from the sky jolted the aircraft.
Watch the incredible footage below:
The photographer who recorded the intense moment is Jason William Hamm, as reported by Viral Press. In the footage, Hamm can be heard talking about a previous lightning strike that occurred just moments before.
Hamm commented, "I don't think it hit the plane, it still would have made an amazing video though."
Thinking that he had missed the opportunity to capture the extraordinary weather, Hamm was granted a second chance. Within mere seconds, a tremendous clap of thunder echoed overhead as lightning shook the aircraft, leading to notable reactions off-camera.
Witnesses can be heard expressing their astonishment with gasps and uttering phrases like "woah" and "Wow, that would not be good."
Hamm, the photographer, later shared details about the aftermath of the unexpected event. He explained, "The plane had just landed."
"It couldn't move to a gate because the ramp closes to everyone when lightning is detected within three miles of the airport."
Following the lightning strike, the aircraft was able to proceed to the gate, allowing passengers to disembark. Technicians were then dispatched to the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock to assess any potential damage caused by the incident.
"The plane was fine, it taxied to the gate normally after an extended wait on the taxiway due to the storm," Hamm informed.
In another airplane incident this month, passengers were left in utter disbelief when the emergency slide unexpectedly deployed during a Delta Airlines flight from John F. Kennedy Airport to Los Angeles International Airport.
As a result, the plane had to make an unplanned landing in Salt Lake City. However, Delta Airlines clarified that the diversion was unrelated to the accidental deployment of the emergency slide.
Delta Airlines stated that the flight, carrying 168 individuals, was diverted due to a maintenance problem. One crew member was taken to the hospital for evaluation but was later released. Passengers were then able to continue their journey on a different flight.