STRUCK BY LIGHTNING Virgin Atlantic plane struck by lightning just minutes after taking off from Gatwick Airport

Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 747 flight VS65 was travelling to Montego Bay when it was hit shortly after take off this morning.
 
The plane was forced to turn back and re-landed at Gatwick safely.
 
Gatwick confirmed the plane had been struck by lightning after take off at 11.45am.
 
Nick Kenton, who is believed to have been on the flight, tweeted a video of smoke billowing from the wing on Twitter.
 
He said: “My Travels!? Ten mins into a long haul flight & struck by lightening. Currently dumping fuel to try head back to Gatwick #flying #planes #no”.
 
A Virgin spokesman said: “Our flight VS65 today from London Gatwick to Montego Bay has returned to Gatwick as a precaution due to a suspected lightning strike, and has now landed.
 
“We are in the process of arranging an alternative aircraft to allow our customers to continue their journey later today, and we would like to thank them for their understanding.”
Courtesy of thesun.co.uk
 

GEOMAGNETIC STORM IN PROGRESS Kp Index is at level 5

***ALERT***

GEOMAGNETIC STORM IN PROGRESS
Kp Index is at level 5
Scale of G1

Minor

Power systems: weak power grid fluctuations can occur.
Spacecraft operations: minor impact on satellite operations possible.
Other systems: migratory animals are affected at this and higher levels

MEGA UPPER AND LOWER DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 18:45, 19:00, 21:00, 21:30, 21:45 HRS UTC

***VERY URGENT***

MEGA UPPER AND LOWER DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 18:45, 19:00, 21:00, 21:30, 21:45 HRS UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE
***BE ALERT***

MAGNITUDE 5.7 BALI REGION, INDONESIA

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Subject To Change

Depth: 120 km

Distances: 317 km SE of Surabaya, Indonesia / pop: 2,375,000 / local time: 06:10:25.7 2017-03-22
4 km SE of Denpasar, Indonesia / pop: 406,000 / local time: 07:10:25.7 2017-03-22

 
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MAGNITUDE 3.0 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 9.7 km
 
Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.650 -17.531
(
1.1 km N of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   22 Mar 21:15 GMT

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Time and magnitude of earthquake   22 Mar 21:15 GMT

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MAGNITUDE 3.1 ICELAND REGION

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Subject to change

Depth: 3 km

Distances: 225 km E of Reykjavík, Iceland / pop: 114,000 / local time: 17:48:55.0 2017-03-21
118 km S of Akureyri, Iceland / pop: 16,600 / local time: 17:48:55.0 2017-03-21

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MAGNITUDE 3.9 INDIA BANGLADESH BORDER REGION

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Subject To Change

Depth: 37 km

Distances: 217 km NE of Dhaka, Bangladesh / pop: 10,357,000 / local time: 21:40:44.0 2017-03-21
23 km E of Sylhet, Bangladesh / pop: 237,000 / local time: 21:40:44.0 2017-03-21

 
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MAGNITUDE 3.4 POLAND

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Subject To Change

Depth: 2 km

Distances: 204 km NE of Prague, Czech Republic / pop: 1,166,000 / local time: 18:17:18.5 2017-03-21
63 km SE of Zielona Góra, Poland / pop: 119,000 / local time: 18:17:18.5 2017-03-21
8 km NE of Polkowice, Poland / pop: 21,600 / local time: 18:17:18.5 2017-03-21
5 km S of Grębocice, Poland / pop: 1,500 / local time: 18:17:18.5 2017-03-21

 
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MAGNITUDE 3.4 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION

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Subject To Change

Depth: 54 km

Distances: 148 km E of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic / pop: 2,202,000 / local time: 09:25:00.0 2017-03-21
58 km S of Salvaleón de Higüey, Dominican Republic / pop: 124,000 / local time: 09:25:00.0 2017-03-21
32 km S of Boca de Yuma, Dominican Republic / pop: 2,000 / local time: 09:25:00.0 2017-03-21

 
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