Terrifying moment lightning bolt strikes Aer Lingus flight to Dublin during Storm Ciara
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Terrifying moment lightning bolt strikes Aer Lingus flight to Dublin during Storm Ciara

THIS is the frightening moment a bolt of lightning struck a passenger plane on its way to Dublin Airport.

The Aer Lingus flight was travelling from Birmingham, England on Sunday night when it was hit.

The dramatic video shows a massive fork of lightning suddenly hitting the plane as Storm Ciara ravaged the UK city.

The footage was captured on Daniel Pereira's CCTV camera.

Daniel was watching TV in his living room, but jumped up when he saw a huge flash through his blinds.

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"We were watching TV when we saw a huge light on the other side of our closed blinds and then a heard a huge noise which made our dogs jump," he said speaking to Birmingham Live.

"Roxanne said that couldn’t have just been normal lightning and checked the CCTV to see what happened.

"Our dogs don’t normally care about thunderstorm noise so it was strange that were so scared.

"We couldn’t believe what is had been, we see planes going over our house all the time, never seen anything like that before."

Mr Pereira posted the video on Facebook and it was shared more than 80,000 within two days.

Aer Lingus later confirmed that the aircraft had indeed been hit by lightning, but insisted that such an occurrence was rather routine.

"Aer Lingus can confirm that on its departure from Birmingham Airport at 21:33, flight EI 277 to Dublin encountered lightning," they said in a statement.

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"The aircraft, which is designed to withstand regular weather occurrences, was not damaged and operated as normal to Dublin where it landed at 22:38."