Close call as lightning pierces Iberia passenger jet’s nose

Image of Iberia A319. Credit: Markus Mainka /

The A319 Airbus was reported by Preferente on Monday, January 30 to have suffered damage to the radome.

The radome is the nose cover that provides the plane with improved aerodynamics but is also the protection for the plane’s radar equipment.

The lightning bolt is said to have pierced the cone coming out the opposite end of one of the horizontal stabilisers, which burst as a result.

A video posted by the company shows the damage to the aircraft being repaired.

Although the strike caused damage to the Iberia passenger jet it is understood that it managed to land safely and without harm to any of its crew and passengers.

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