Volga Dnepr An-124 Damaged Due to Lightning Strike
Volga Dnepr Antonov An-124

Lightning Strike Damages Volga Dnepr An-124

A Volga Dnepr Antonov AN-124-100 suffered severe damage, to its nose cone, due to a lightning strike while on approach to Krasnojarsk, Russia.

According to AvHerald, the aircraft, with registration RA-82078 and performing flight VI-3469 from Paris, Vatry (France) to Krasnojarsk (Russia), was hit by lightning during its approach whilst in a thunderstorm. The aircraft landed safely on runway 29.

The damage was identified during the post flight inspection.

From this video you can see the aircraft being hit by the lightning:

I have actually flown on this particular An-124 airframe, RA-82078 in January on a cargo transport flight from East Midlands to Toulouse.

Video of An-124 Flight

News Source: AvHerald