UNITED KINGDOM - One of the world’s largest aircraft, the Airbus Beluga XL5, was hit by lightning while taking off from Hawarden Airport in Flintshire, North Wales, on Tuesday.
A dramatic dashcam video captured the moment when the plane was struck by the bolt.
Dashcam video captured the moment when the plane was struck by the bolt. (Glenn Smethurst via Storyful)
According to North Wales Live, the aircraft was en route to Hamburg, Germany, before being hit. The flight was able to continue toward its destination as normal.
"This is a routine event in aviation and the aircraft continued on its journey to Hamburg as planned. In accordance with standard operating procedure, the aircraft will be inspected before its next flight," a spokesperson at Airbus told FOX Television Stations.
Following the strike, people reported hearing a huge "explosion" sound and a bright white flash, the local news organization reported.
Residents also reported issues with their TV signals and internet connections following the lightning strike.
This story was reported from Los Angeles. Storyful contributed.