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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : cip|
airport : pit
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 5000|
msl bound upper : 5150
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : pit|
tower : fnt
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 277|
flight time total : 2578
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||inflight encounter : weather|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited adverse environment|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
En route from fkl to pit. Flying the fkl VOR 181 degree right to the grace intersection cruising at 5000' in light precipitation was struck by lightning. Was blinded for 3 seconds by a blue flash, climbed 150' from assigned altitude of 5000', a loud crack was heard, moderate turbulence was felt, and a smell of burnt hair smelled. After asking my first officer if he was all right, I told him to ask the 8 passenger if they were all right, which they were. Asked pit approach for 4000' immediately, which they gave us. I slowed to maneuvering speed (136 KTS) and all control surfaces were free and correct. We proceeded to pit and did the ILS 28L approach, landed west/O any problems, taxied to parking and shut down. Upon exiting the aircraft, I noticed the nose wheel was burnt (entry) and the upper rudder hinge bonding strap was in two and the paint was burnt. The top of the rudder was cracked and the static wick was missing. I then called du bois dispatch and told dispatcher on duty what had happened. He told me that air carrier maintenance inspector was on his way back to du bois, and to have him look at the damage. In turn, he told me it was not flyable, so the aircraft stayed in pit over night.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ACR SMT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.
Narrative: ENRTE FROM FKL TO PIT. FLYING THE FKL VOR 181 DEG R TO THE GRACE INTXN CRUISING AT 5000' IN LIGHT PRECIPITATION WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. WAS BLINDED FOR 3 SECS BY A BLUE FLASH, CLBED 150' FROM ASSIGNED ALT OF 5000', A LOUD CRACK WAS HEARD, MODERATE TURB WAS FELT, AND A SMELL OF BURNT HAIR SMELLED. AFTER ASKING MY F/O IF HE WAS ALL RIGHT, I TOLD HIM TO ASK THE 8 PAX IF THEY WERE ALL RIGHT, WHICH THEY WERE. ASKED PIT APCH FOR 4000' IMMEDIATELY, WHICH THEY GAVE US. I SLOWED TO MANEUVERING SPD (136 KTS) AND ALL CTL SURFACES WERE FREE AND CORRECT. WE PROCEEDED TO PIT AND DID THE ILS 28L APCH, LANDED W/O ANY PROBS, TAXIED TO PARKING AND SHUT DOWN. UPON EXITING THE ACFT, I NOTICED THE NOSE WHEEL WAS BURNT (ENTRY) AND THE UPPER RUDDER HINGE BONDING STRAP WAS IN TWO AND THE PAINT WAS BURNT. THE TOP OF THE RUDDER WAS CRACKED AND THE STATIC WICK WAS MISSING. I THEN CALLED DU BOIS DISPATCH AND TOLD DISPATCHER ON DUTY WHAT HAD HAPPENED. HE TOLD ME THAT ACR MAINT INSPECTOR WAS ON HIS WAY BACK TO DU BOIS, AND TO HAVE HIM LOOK AT THE DAMAGE. IN TURN, HE TOLD ME IT WAS NOT FLYABLE, SO THE ACFT STAYED IN PIT OVER NIGHT.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 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.