posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 04:45 AM
That's a pretty impressive piece of footage captured there. My Dad was in a 757 in August flying from UK to Malaga (Spain).
Captain tannoyed to the passengers about 40 mins from ETA that they were approaching slightly stormy weather and could experience strong turbulence.
About 10 minutes later the craft was hit twice inside of several minutes. From his window seat he said it looked as though it struck the wing, but
couldn't tell exactly as the ''flash'' was too bright. He said they experienced a rapid drop in altitude immediately after the first strike, but
slightly less the second time.
Captain soon after event confirmed and reassured passengers that they had lost a little over 200 feet in altitude on the first strike and just below
100 feet on the second but were in good order. Turbulence only lastet a few mintues during and after.
Dad doesn't like flying at all, he doesn't have a phobia of it, but needs to take calming tablets or get ''well-oiled'' before take-off just to
ease his nerves. Also my uncle sat next to him, although he enjoys flying, spoke of the event. They both said it was strange seeing grown men
(perceivably masculine and mentally toughened) scream and panic like headless chickens when it happened and during the strong turbulence. My Dad
however, throughout this crazy little experience says ironically that it strengthened his confidence in flying because although the craft dipped
somewhat and went through some horrible turblence - the worst he's experienced in god know how many 100's of hours as a passenger, he felt it
handled it well and just seemed to ''ride through it''. He said he had initial moments of ''oh god, this is it'', but after seeing many around
him screaming and beginning to cry, he didn't feel the need to panic, just accept it. My uncle said he wanted to be sick during it out of fear, but
couldn't scream or cry out because there's nothing he could do.
Normal cheers and applause on landing, but Dad doesn't experience quite the level of fear he once had as he admitted openly. Though, he'd still
prefer not to fly given the chance.
Captain on exit confirmed to passengers that they should be reassured that nothing was damaged during or after the strike it was a ''temporary
jolt'' as he put it.