LONDON – Yesterday, Beluga XL5 was struck by lightning near the Airbus plant in Hawarden, Chester.
F-GXLN was the airframe in question, operating BGA114N from Toulouse into Hawarden on a routine transportation flight.
Pictures from Glenn Smethurst appeared on Facebook, who captured the aircraft from his dash cam of the incident happening.
Airbus In The UK on Twitter said the following on the incident:
“At 13:00 (Nov 1), Beluga XL5 departing Hawarden was struck by lightning. 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.”
F-GXLN has not been in the Airbus Transport International fleet very long.
The aircraft is only 0.3 years old at the time of writing and only entered service on September 26, 2022.
This is a developing story.