Lightning Strike Leads To Soiled Pants

July 22, 2009

in Weather Stories

I am on a flight from IND to PHX on America West at the time and was doing that route every week for business going on 9 months. With that much flying I was in first class looking out the window trying to find the normal ground markings for our approach into the Phoenix Valley. It was dusk and very cloudy with storms in the area. We were about 40 minutes northeast of Phoenix and descending when I saw this major blinding flash of light and then a very loud crack. I just saw lightning strike the left side engine of the 757. Everyone jumped or screamed. Since this has happened to me before going into Phoenix, I was not too alarmed. However, the fellow next to me did not move and kept staring straight ahead when I looked. Eyes wide open and no emotion. Didn’t think much of it until about one minute later when I got a whiff of why he did not move. It was 30 minutes seemingly like sitting in a gas station toilet.

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the dominator July 23, 2009 at 9:10 am

damn, that must have sucked monkey balls!!!

you have my sympathies.


Nacho July 24, 2009 at 4:31 am

Oh man… I have to say, your seat-mate's flight was probably more hellish than yours. I mean, there's the smell, but can you imagine actually being so scared that you shit your pants?


Thi Halpern January 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Well darn it…did he pee or poo? I wanna know! LOL 😉


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