Linda Petrie doesn’t just enjoy Brisbane’s storm season, she videos it. While going through several hours of images recorded on 28 December at 10 to 12 frames per second she discovered this sequence of lightning zapping an unidentified jet which had just taken off from Brisbane Airport at 8.32 pm.

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The images show just how lightning proof airliners have become in the last 30 years. The most dangerous places to be in an electrical storm include golf courses, beaches or standing close to trees, pylons or long wire fences. All jets are flying Faraday Cages, conducting lightning past anyone inside, rather than through them.

But the drinks trolley must have been a welcome sight after this takeoff.

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