BBC WORLD SERVICE: Science in Action

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Release date: 9/4/2017

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Why Aeroplanes Survive a Bolt of Lightning?
An aeroplane struck by lightning, might sound like the stuff of horror films. But thanks to the Faraday cage effect, planes are completely safe from damage when flying through a electrical storm. Caroline Steel wanted to test this for herself when she visited Manchester University’s High Voltage Lab. She even got to press the big red button!

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TitleScience in Action
Media name/outletBBC World Service
Media typeRadio
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Date9/04/17
DescriptionWhy Aeroplanes Survive a Bolt of Lightning?
An aeroplane struck by lightning, might sound like the stuff of horror films. But thanks to the Faraday cage effect, planes are completely safe from damage when flying through a electrical storm. Caroline Steel wanted to test this for herself when she visited Manchester University’s High Voltage Lab. She even got to press the big red button!
URLwww.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04ygc1x#playt=0h12m35s
PersonsVidyadhar Peesapati