Lightning strikes one of the world's largest planes (VIDEO)

(CBS/KNSNEWS) Shocking video shows lightning strike one of the world's largest planes as it prepared to land at London's Heathrow Airport.

The Emirates Airbus A380, carrying 500 passengers with service from Dubai, landed safely minutes after being struck.

Flightglobal's operations and safety editor David Learmount said that he was not surprised that the A380 was not damaged.

"Planes get hit by lightning several times a year," Learmount said. "They act as a conductor. Getting a good strike like this can look very dramatic, but it might not make any impact."

The lightning "smashed into the roof, right above the pilots' heads," reported Britain's Daily Mail.

The Mail also reported that "the powerful jolt of electricity passed right through the body of the Airbus A380 before shooting out to continue its journey to the ground."

The video was captured Saturday, April 23rd.

  • Natalie Jimenez

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