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    Air France jet missing with 228 on board

    Missing Air France jet 'hit by electric fault' - CNN.com

    Sounds like it was hit by lightning and officials fear the worse.

    Sad story.



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    Re: Air France jet missing with 228 on board

    T&P for all involved.



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    Re: Air France jet missing with 228 on board

    I don;t understand that since air planes travel way above clouds most of the time, how could they be hit by lightening?


    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    Missing Air France jet 'hit by electric fault' - CNN.com

    Sounds like it was hit by lightning and officials fear the worse.

    Sad story.



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    Re: Air France jet missing with 228 on board

    Quote Originally Posted by chengyushen View Post
    I don;t understand that since air planes travel way above clouds most of the time, how could they be hit by lightening?
    The tops of very large thunderstorms can easily exceed the normal cruising altitude of passenger jets.


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    Re: Air France jet missing with 228 on board

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    The tops of very large thunderstorms can easily exceed the normal cruising altitude of passenger jets.
    Can't lightening go up too?



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    Re: Air France jet missing with 228 on board

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    The tops of very large thunderstorms can easily exceed the normal cruising altitude of passenger jets.
    Especially over the ocean. Storms can reach altitudes of 50,000 ft.

    They still haven't found the plane....strange.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    Especially over the ocean. Storms can reach altitudes of 50,000 ft.

    They still haven't found the plane....strange.
    The island doesn't want it to be found.



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    Re: Air France jet missing with 228 on board

    News story I saw earlier said the search area is about the size of the continental United States, may never find it if it's sunk, unfortunately.

    There isn't Air Traffic Control in the middle of the oceans and pilots communicate their locations via old fashioned radio; none of this new technology stuff they have over land.

    Sad story to hear.



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    Re: Air France jet missing with 228 on board

    It is kind of surprising they don't use GPS linking for tracking these days. This hits a little home because I have flown on Air France before, and I fly a lot for work.

    I mean, it can be had on new automobiles and/or satellite radio...



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    Re: Air France jet missing with 228 on board

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    Can't lightening go up too?
    Sure, if it's grounding on the moon or another planet.



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    Re: Air France jet missing with 228 on board

    I'd be beyond shocked if they found it. The water is probably 10,000+ feet deep there and they don't even really know where it went down. Terrible tragedy.


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    Re: Air France jet missing with 228 on board

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    Can't lightening go up too?
    If you are interested in hearing more about the topic, google "jets and sprites." They are flashes (not like normal lightning) of blue or red that shoot far above a thunderstorm into the upper atmosphere. Not a whole lot is known about them. They are not very visible and can only been seen by training yourself to look for them under special circumstances.



    Normal lightning does not usually travel very far above a thunderstorm. Tropical thunderstorms can reach upwards of 65,000+ feet. In the mid-latitudes 50-55k feet is more typical of a strong storm. This is higher than the typical cruising altitude of most jets.

    I would be surprised to hear that lightning was the direct cause of the crash though, if we ever find out. Jets are built to withstand lightning and have many safety features.... although anything is possible, I suppose.



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    Re: Air France jet missing with 228 on board

    I feel for all the poor families of the victims.

    Life's tough some times...



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    Re: Air France jet missing with 228 on board

    Quote Originally Posted by LindenCy View Post
    The island doesn't want it to be found.
    It's sad, but that's the first thing I thought of, as well.



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    Re: Air France jet missing with 228 on board

    John McLaughlin just showed composite satellite images of the area the plane went down in at the time of the flight. It showed that the thunderheads had a maximum altitude of somewhere between 45,000 and 51,000 feet.

    It seems as though they tried to fly right through it. I don't understand why a prudent pilot wouldn't just take the extra time to go around the storm.



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