Emergency

INCIDENT A lightning strike inflicted significant damage to a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

A Jetstar Boeing 787 will be out of service for up to two months after a lightning strike inflicted significant damage on the jet during a flight from Melbourne to the Gold Coast earlier this month.

Jetstar Airways Boeing 787-800 (VH-VKL, built 2015) received extensive skin damage resulting from lightning strike(s) while flying on #JQ444 from Melbourne to Gold Coast. The 787 was taken out of service for lengthy repairs.

Images show burn marks and dozens of small holes punctured on the underside of the Dreamliner’s fuselage, which airline crew discovered following a flight from Melbourne on May 7.

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