Icelandair plane Herðubreið was struck by lightning on Tuesday. The plane was en route to Denver when the incident occurred and landed there safely according to schedule. However, in Denver it turned out that the lightning had pierced the plane’s nose.
A picture of the damaged airplane, shot by passenger Brandon Boldenow, was published on 9NEWS yesterday.
The lightning struck shortly after takeoff in Iceland. Boldenow said the pilot had quickly announced on the intercom that all systems were normal.
9NEWS aviation expert Greg Feith stated that the flight should not have continued on to Denver. “They should have turned around. It’s a prudent thing to turn around, because you don’t know what the damage is.”
However, Icelandair communications director Guðjón Arngrímsson told mbl.is that airplanes are designed to withstand lightning strikes. “When they occur, the crew naturally launches a certain inspection. If nothing proves to be wrong with the airplane, the flight continues.”
An Icelandair plane was last subject to a lightning strike in December 2014, shortly before landing in Billund, Denmark.