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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : orl|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 11000|
msl bound upper : 11000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zjx|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 135|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute : on vectors|
enroute airway : zjx
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 75|
flight time total : 12000
flight time type : 250
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Fast moving cold front moving west to east across florida caused a line of level 3 and level 4 thunderstorms. While deviating, using radar and storm scope, around level 4 cell, aircraft was struck by lightning. I and first officer thought it had missed because there was no noise and flash seemed well to side of aircraft. After landing, we closely inspected the aircraft and found burn holes on the flaps and an aileron. Also a burn mark on the center of the radome. We could find no evidence of any strike on either propeller. Lightning is a very unpredictable phenomenon and no matter how good your radar or storm scope and how well you maneuver the aircraft, when flying in highly charged air in the vicinity of thunderstorms, lightning strikes are always a possibility. I feel I was pressured into taking a flight against my better judgement based on known severe WX. In the future I shall stand firm and reject any such pressures. Bosses can't be put into the loop when it comes to making proper flying decisions. We ferried the aircraft back to our home base where a more detailed inspection could be made, and where the manufacturer's recommendations for a lightning strike could be completed.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GOV SMT EXPERIENCES A LIGHTNING STRIKE WHILE DETOURING TSTM ACTIVITY.
Narrative: FAST MOVING COLD FRONT MOVING W TO E ACROSS FLORIDA CAUSED A LINE OF LEVEL 3 AND LEVEL 4 TSTMS. WHILE DEVIATING, USING RADAR AND STORM SCOPE, AROUND LEVEL 4 CELL, ACFT WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. I AND FO THOUGHT IT HAD MISSED BECAUSE THERE WAS NO NOISE AND FLASH SEEMED WELL TO SIDE OF ACFT. AFTER LNDG, WE CLOSELY INSPECTED THE ACFT AND FOUND BURN HOLES ON THE FLAPS AND AN AILERON. ALSO A BURN MARK ON THE CTR OF THE RADOME. WE COULD FIND NO EVIDENCE OF ANY STRIKE ON EITHER PROP. LIGHTNING IS A VERY UNPREDICTABLE PHENOMENON AND NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOUR RADAR OR STORM SCOPE AND HOW WELL YOU MANEUVER THE ACFT, WHEN FLYING IN HIGHLY CHARGED AIR IN THE VICINITY OF TSTMS, LIGHTNING STRIKES ARE ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY. I FEEL I WAS PRESSURED INTO TAKING A FLT AGAINST MY BETTER JUDGEMENT BASED ON KNOWN SEVERE WX. IN THE FUTURE I SHALL STAND FIRM AND REJECT ANY SUCH PRESSURES. BOSSES CAN'T BE PUT INTO THE LOOP WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING PROPER FLYING DECISIONS. WE FERRIED THE ACFT BACK TO OUR HOME BASE WHERE A MORE DETAILED INSPECTION COULD BE MADE, AND WHERE THE MANUFACTURER'S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A LIGHTNING STRIKE COULD BE COMPLETED.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.