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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

A LITTLE DIVERSION

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Don't worry about what happened to the plane. Lightning doesn't hurt them since the electricity flows around the aluminum frame. You may need to click on the picture.

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  1. Anonymous's Avatar
    I'm a recreational pilot. I am very careful to avoid weather - and especially lightning.

    I have a minor in electronics and understand electricity - but I think this is one theory I would rather not test.
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Apparently, lightning strikes planes often enough that it would average out to every single jetliner once a year. And apparently it has been 40 years since lightning has been attributed to an accident. So that should make it easier to sleep on that stormy flight.
  3. Anonymous's Avatar
    "And apparently it has been 40 years since lightning has been attributed to an accident."

    I wonder if the plane involved in that accident was on the ground. Many of the smaller aircraft are composite materials - no metal airframe. I wonder how or if that changes things.

    When you think about it, that is a one in a billion shot. You have a plane being hit by lightning captured on video. I have filmed lightning (just for the heck of it) and couldn't get a shot like that - even when viewing frame by frame, and without a plane of course.

    There have been quite a few aviation accidents lately. I know of two people this year killed - out of the same airport I fly - in twin engine aircraft - within days of each other. Both very experienced pilots. Now Steve Fossett is missing. Hopefully he turns up.

    Here's a rather scary aviation story regarding nukes on a B-52 this week. How did this slip through the cracks?
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2007-09-05-b-52_N.htm
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    Piece on doing immigration the right way in Ireland: http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20070905/wl_csm/oshamrock

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