VIDEO: Lightning strikes plane shortly before it lands in Heathrow
A plane travelling from Prague to London was struck by lightning shortly before it landed in Heathrow Airport on Wednesday evening.
Footage recorded on the ground by photographer Aled Rhys Jones captured the moment the plane was struck by lightning just after 8pm.
Clip via Aled Rhys Jones
A number of passengers flying into London reported lightning strikes on Twitter on Wednesday evening, but there were no reports of any damage to any planes affected.
Plane just got hit by lightning on the descent into Heathrow. Didn't die #winning ✈️⚡️😱
— liz dobson (@liz_dobson) April 27, 2016
Plane got struck by lightning on the way into Heathrow. Good to be back in London.
— Alaxen (@Alaxen) April 27, 2016
Just popped out on High Street Kensington to see a plane on approach to Heathrow (Finnair AY3125 from Helsinki) being hit by lightning.
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) April 27, 2016
Speaking to Mashable, a British Airways spokesperson confirmed that the flight from Prague landed safely and that an inspection will be carried out on the plane before it returns to the air.
"The flight landed safely, and will undergo inspection before it returns to service,” the spokesperson said.
“The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority. Lightning strikes are fairly common, and aircraft are designed to cope with them."