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06-02-2004 06:58 AM  13 years agoPost 1
pistole

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Does anyone know of any cases ?

I mean , we're often flying in open fields , in varying weather , and holding onto a piece of electronic equipment with a long antennae....... its enough to give me woolies every now and then.

Cases of golfers/footballers being struck is fairly "common" and usually results in death.

Anyone with any expert opinion/views / actual cases ?

Anyway to minimise the chances of being "lit up" ?
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06-02-2004 08:26 AM  13 years agoPost 2
Moskitofan

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http://www.runryder.com/helicopter/t110157p1/

See here. It is a timely reminder since this happened this last weekend!

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06-02-2004 09:05 AM  13 years agoPost 3
foo

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he most likely posted that to be a dumbass

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06-02-2004 01:08 PM  13 years agoPost 4
dkshema

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You don't necessarily have to be standing outside in a thunderstorm to get fried. Lightning has been known to travel upwards of 20 miles from a storm and kill someone. A case in point was a fellow who was riding a mountain bicycle in Colorado on a clear day. He was struck and killed by ligthning. The ensuing investigation revealed radar tracking of a single thunderstorm cell about 20 miles away from his site, lightning tracking equipment correlated a strike with his getting fried.

From a quick search on the web -- a site with "Lightning Facts" lists the following items of interest:
A "Positive Giant" is a lightning strike that hits the ground up to 20 miles away from the storm. Because it seems to strike from a clear sky it is known as "A Bolt From The Blue". These "Positive Giant" flashes strike between the storm's top "anvil" and the Earth and carry several times the destructive energy of a "regular" lightning strike.
"Lightning Crawlers" or "Spider Lightning" can travel over 35 miles as it "crawls" across the bottoms or through squall line "frontal" clouds.This rare type of lightning is very beautiful as it zaps from "horizon-to-horizon". However it can turn deadly if it happens to strike the ground at the end of its super long path!
Lightning "Crawlers" over seventy five (75) miles long have been observed by Radar!
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06-02-2004 01:47 PM  13 years agoPost 5
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A gentleman called Peter Harris 73 was killed yesturday or the day before whilst cycling out to recover his R/C Aircraft at a competition in the UK. You can read about it in the BMFA site.

Sad news, My sympathy goes to his family.

He is said to have been struck by lightening and was pronounced DOA at the hospital.

"Lord please look after his family and guide them through this time of sadness, Amen"

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06-02-2004 01:56 PM  13 years agoPost 6
Such5

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From experience........

I was struck by lightning about 5 years ago while out golfing one afternoon. Call me a dumba$$ if you'd like. I was out golfing on a beautiful afternoon when the sky got a little dark. And out of no where I hear this crackling noise and the next thing I know, I've got a bolt of lightning coming out of my index finger going to the ground. I was hit in the shoulder then it exited out of my finger. The strangest blue light you've ever seen. My point being to be struck by lightning the weather does not have to be a full fledged storm, far from it. When I was struck it was calm and just slightly cloudy. Anyone out there ever fly their heli under those conditions?

Brett

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06-02-2004 02:21 PM  13 years agoPost 7
Raffy

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No matter where you are and what you do, when the time is up, the lightning is just another venue to the next life.
Life is short, enjoy every moment of time!

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06-02-2004 02:39 PM  13 years agoPost 8
FCM

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We get a lot of electric storms here in Malaysia - with over 300 days per year when lightning occurs.

The other week a party of rock climbers were killed here when they were at the summit of a fairly small mountain sheltering from the rain.

The met service gave advice that you should seek shelter before you can actually see any lightning or feel any rain otherwise wherever you are (outside) you are at risk.

Tricky advice to follow as we have storms most days and you frequently find yourself out during one.

When I'm flying my heli I do make sure I am well packed up and in my van before the storm clouds form overhead but even then, I have been caught out a couple of times.

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06-02-2004 05:46 PM  13 years agoPost 9
tim tompkins

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good sense measure

We seem to get way more than our share of lighting here in South west Florida.A good rule of thumb is ,if you can hear thunder in the background it can strike you.All the outdoor sports people head for a building as soon as you hear the first rumble.We still loose people every year anyway. TimT

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06-02-2004 10:11 PM  13 years agoPost 10
helidog

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My older brother got hit by lightning when he was out in a sail boat years ago.

He found out that a mast is one hell of a lightning rod.

He was working on getting off the lake before the storm came and out of no where he got hit. knocked him cold for about an hour. Didn’t kill him but you don’t see him on the lake anymore.


Reading about lightning traveling up to 75 miles ( WOW)

Makes the chances of getting hit a hell of a lot better.

I think I might start flying electrics in the basement. My luck I would get zapped plugging in the charger during a storm.

Its nice to be the Big Dog.

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06-02-2004 10:55 PM  13 years agoPost 11
jb_turner

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Wrong Topic.

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06-02-2004 11:14 PM  13 years agoPost 12
Torkroll

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it could be even more likely if you are slope soaring on a hill.


Some warning signs are:

your hair lifts, your hair on your arms feel funny, you hear crackling sounds but they seem to come from all directions.
Think you are safe without some or all of these signs? wrong.

it can happen without warning, without any of these signs, without a thunderstorm.

You are strike #1

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