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Air France fears that flight AF447 was hit by lightning, setting off an electrical fault that could have damaged the in-flight computer systems that are a feature of Airbus aircraft and play an important role in directing the aircraft. But pilots who have been hit by lightning describe it as a spectacular but relatively harmless phenomenon. In rare cases, it has been known to tear a two-millimetre hole in aircraft fuselages without endangering the aircraft. The lightning passes around the aircraft fuselage and is then channelled off the plane and into the atmosphere by so-called "static wicks" – sticks of wire sheathed in plastic that run off the aeroplane. One former Airbus pilot also told the Guardian the aircraft have back-up systems designed to deal with sudden circuit or computer failures, so a single lightning strike should not cause a catastrophic electronic failure.
Originally posted by Freeman
Thing is, if it crashed it crashed in the ocean, is it possible to survive jump to water from such altitude?
I reckon if your a hard cookie, you COULD theoreticaly survive impact into water if you jump standing/verticaly