Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ball Lightning: Eastern Airlines March 19, 1963

After Eastern Airlines Flight EA 539 was struck by lightning on March 19th, 1963, passengers say Ball Lightning emerged from the pilot's cabin and floated down the aisle. The Ball Lightning was about 20cm in diameter, perfectly symmetrical, and "almost solid in appearance." It produced light equivalent to that of a 10-watt bulb and gave off no heat.

The Ball Lightning maintained "the same height and course for the whole distance over which it could be observed," according to witness, R.C. Jennison. Jennison spoke to Nature in 1969.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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