Incredible moment lightning bolt strikes plane in mid-air during stormy weather

This is the incredible moment a lightning bolt struck a plane in mid-air during stormy weather

The dramatic footage shows lightning hitting an Airbus Beluga shortly after it took off from Hawarden Airport, in Flintshire, Wales.

The aircraft was en-route to Hamburg when the incident took place on Tuesday afternoon, NorthWalesLive reports.

Fortunately, no-one was injured and the plane landed safely in Germany at shortly after 2.30pm.

The lightning bolt hit the rear end of the Airbus Beluga before leaving via the nose of the 207ft XL5 plane.

With a wingspan of 197 feet and 10 inches, the Beluga is designed for transporting oversized cargo.

The XL is an expansion of the original Airbus Beluga and has 35% more storage space. As such, it can transport two wings for Airbus A350 aircraft.

Glenn Smethurst captured the moment the plane was struck by lightning on his NextBase dash camera.

He shared the images online after dozens of people reported hearing a huge “explosion” sound and seeing a bright white flash.

People in the local area reported power cuts and the loss of TV signal following the reports of lightning.

Airbus confirmed the strike and said the aircraft would be thoroughly checked ahead of its next take-off.

A spokesperson said: “At 1pm, Beluga XL5 departing Hawarden Airport was struck by lightning.

“This is a routine event in aviation and the aircraft continued with its journey to Hamburg as planned.

“In accordance with standard operating procedure, the aircraft will be inspected before its next flight.”

It comes after a mum has died after she was struck by lightning while on holiday in Croatia with her children.

Daniella DiMambro, 48, suffered injuries which later led to her death following the freak accident on a beach near Split, an inquest in Nottingham heard last month.

The mother-of-two suffered an “out of hospital cardiac arrest” after being struck on August 20, according tosenior coroner for Nottingahmshire, Mairin Casey.

Nottinghamshire Live reports the lightning bolt entered through Daniella DiMambro’s right ear. A bystander gave her CPR, but Daniella had also suffered hypoxic brain injuries, which restrict oxygen from being supplied to the brain.

Daniella, who was reportedly fleeing a storm to the safety of a hotel with her daughter at the time of the incident, was taken to a hospital in Croatia and kept in intensive care.

After being repatriated back to the UK, Daniella was kept on ventilation in intensive care in Nottingham. She was constantly monitored, and received treatment for a high body temperature and urinary infection.

Her family sought an expert opinion from a specialist in London, who said her prognosis was “poor” and stated she was unlikely to make significant neurological improvement.