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To quantify the risk, the NRL team used the calorimeter on NASA's Fermi gamma ray space telescope to measure the energy dark lightning puts out and assess any potential risk to air travelers. This data has now been fed into a simulator looking at the effect on a Boeing 737 – and the results aren't good for the passengers.
Originally posted by Wildmanimal
I'm thinking that you should buy a boat.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Lightning strikes really aren't that common. They do happen, but they don't happen all the time. It's believed that dark lightning is fairly rare (one article said about one out of every thousand).
The French Office National d’Etudes et Recherches Aérospatiales (the national aerospace research center) estimates that an aircraft is struck by lightning on average every 1,000 flight hours — for commercial airlines, the equivalent of one strike per aircraft per year.
Originally posted by MysterX
Wonder if there's a connection to TGR bursts, and the localized bird and fish dies offs?
Originally posted by Olivine
I lightning strike per 1000 hrs, or 1 out of every 1000 strikes generates dark lightning, or both?