Sao Paolo Airport Runway damaged after a lightning strike
Sao Paolo Airports Runway was left damaged after a lightning strike that occurred around
15:38 local time. The lightning strike impacted runway 09R/27L.
The runway was left with a crater in the ground after the lightning struck. The airport was temporarily closed for repairs but there were no major delays to any flights operating at that time.
This isn’t the first time a runway has been struck by lightning. Just last year, Pittsburgh International Airport runway was struck by a lightning.
Lightning strikes mostly originate in a cumulonimbus cloud and terminate on the ground. This is called cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning.
It is estimated that over 240,000 lightning strikes occur globally each year killing 2,000.
Due to improved lightning conductors and protection, the number of annual lightning deaths has been decreasing steadily year by year.