Lightning strikes Delta plane at Atlanta airport
Lightning strikes Delta plane at Atlanta airportEric/Twitter

Jack Perkins was trying to film airplanes grounded at the runway of the busy Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia, United States on 18 August when he captured a terrifying moment. The clip, which has since gone viral on YouTube, shows lightning striking a Delta Air Lines plane on the runway.

"While filming the line of planes all stacked up during a ground hold in Atlanta on 8/18/15 I happened to capture this direct lightning strike on a 737," Perkins writes on YouTube.

Reports said that the 111 passengers and six crew members onboard Las Vegas-bound Delta Flight are safe.

"Aircraft design allows lightning bolts to be safely redirected. Fuselage structure and industrial-grade insulation acts as (a) super-conductive lightning rod that rechannels lightning around and away from customers and crew and out into the ground via the landing gear," Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant wrote in an e-mail.

The video, uploaded on YouTube has been viewed more than 2,000,000 times, at the time of reporting.

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