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Lightning strikes Airbus Beluga moments after take-off

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A bolt of lightning struck an Airbus Beluga jet moments after taking off from an airport in Wales. The dramatic moment was caught on camera soon after the Beluga XL aircraft departed Hawarden Airport in Flintshire at 1pm today (November 1).

The super transporter was en route to Hamburg when it was hit, but the aircraft continued its journey, landing safely in the German city not long after 2.30pm.

Locals reported power cuts and the loss of their TV signal after the lightning strike.

Fire crews also headed to the town of Connah’s Quay in Flintshire.

SP Energy Networks said it was aware of a fault in the area while North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said there was a fault in electric supply.

A spokesperson for Airbus UK told North Wales Live: “At 1pm today, [a] Beluga XL departing Hawarden Airport was struck by lightning.

“This is a routine event in aviation and the aircraft continued with its journey to Hamburg as planned. In accordance with standard operating procedure, the aircraft will be inspected before its next flight.”

Commercial passenger planes are hit by lightning on average once or twice a year, according to the US National Weather Service.

It says such aircraft are designed and built to withstand lightning strikes and to conduct currents.

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Aircraft can often initiate lightning strikes because they enhance the ambient electric fields needed for thunderstorms, according to the US National Weather Service.

A mandatory inspection for damage comes after a plane is hit by lightning, which can delay flights.

Meanwhile, The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for wind and rain tomorrow (November 2) with a spell of very windy weather expected to hit Irish Sea coastal areas before spreading to parts of northern England.

Weather forecasters expect gusts of 55 to 65mph particularly in exposed coastal areas and over higher ground with some sudden strong gusts of wind also possible.

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The wind warning covers the eastern part of Northern Ireland, parts of Wales and Scotland, north east and north west England, and Yorkshire and Humber from 7am to 8pm.

Heavy rain is also likely during Wednesday with warnings of potential travel disruption and flooding.

A yellow warning is in place in Northern Ireland from 8am to 3pm with 20mm to 30mm of rain likely to fall in some areas before it clears by the afternoon.

A separate yellow warning for rain is in place in south west Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde from 10am to 6pm, with 30mm to 40mm of rain expected.

The Met Office said gusts of 61mph were recorded at 7am on Tuesday in Langdon Bay, Kent, while 59mph was recorded at Heathrow at 4am.

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