British Airways B788 at London on Jul 22nd 2017, lightning strike

Last Update: July 31, 2017 / 22:36:30 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 22, 2017

Classification
Accident

Flight number
BA-35

Destination
Chennai, India

Aircraft Registration
G-ZBJG

ICAO Type Designator
B788

A British Airways Boeing 787-800, registration G-ZBJG performing flight BA-35 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Chennai (India), was climbing out of London's Heathrow Airport when the aircraft received a lightning strike. In the absence of any abnormal indications the crew decided to continue the flight to Chennai where the aircraft landed safely about 9 hours later.

According to various sources a post flight inspection revealed the aircraft had received about 40 holes as result of the lightning strike (the sources reported between 42 and 46 holes).

The airline reported the aircraft sustained minor damage following a lightning strike, engineering personnel was dispatched to India to inspect the aircraft.

The occurrence aircraft was unable to depart for the return flight and remained on the ground in Chennai for a week until Jul 29th when the aircraft ferried back to London. Following landing in London the aircraft remained on the ground in London for another 24 hours, then returned to service.

Metars:
EGLL 221550Z AUTO 18008KT 140V200 9999 -RA FEW031 BKN043 14/11 Q1009 NOSIG=
EGLL 221520Z AUTO 18006KT 110V240 9999 -RA FEW026 BKN039 14/12 Q1009 NOSIG=
EGLL 221450Z AUTO 21010G22KT 9999 -RA FEW024/// BKN041/// //////TCU 14/12 Q1009 NOSIG=
EGLL 221420Z AUTO 22010KT 9999 -RA FEW023/// BKN037/// //////CB 14/12 Q1009 TEMPO 4800 RA BKN014=
EGLL 221350Z AUTO 19014KT 160V230 9000 -RA FEW013/// BKN024/// //////CB 14/12 Q1009 TEMPO 4800 RA BKN012=
EGLL 221320Z AUTO 19009KT 160V230 9999 -RA FEW024/// //////CB 15/11 Q1009 TEMPO 4800 +SHRA BKN014=
EGLL 221250Z AUTO 21010KT 160V240 9999 -RA FEW023/// BKN049/// //////CB 17/11 Q1008 TEMPO 4500 +SHRA=
EGLL 221220Z AUTO 20010KT 160V240 9999 FEW027/// //////CB 17/11 Q1008 TEMPO 4500 +SHRA=
EGLL 221150Z AUTO 21008KT 170V260 9999 -RA FEW014/// SCT049/// //////CB 17/13 Q1008 TEMPO SHRA=
EGLL 221120Z AUTO 24012KT 220V280 9999 -RA FEW016/// SCT025/// BKN045/// //////CB 18/13 Q1008 TEMPO SHRA=
EGLL 221050Z AUTO 22012KT 180V250 9999 FEW020/// //////CB 19/11 Q1008 TEMPO 4800 +SHRA=
EGLL 221020Z AUTO 19011KT 140V230 9999 SCT024/// SCT043/// //////CB 19/11 Q1008 NOSIG=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 22, 2017

Classification
Accident

Flight number
BA-35

Destination
Chennai, India

Aircraft Registration
G-ZBJG

ICAO Type Designator
B788

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