F-35 Airmen Involved in Strike, Working on Eglin Flight Line

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Unread post09 Nov 2018, 19:01

F-35 Lightning: Airmen Involved in Strike While Working on Eglin Flight Line
08 Nov 2018 Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory

"Two airmen from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah, were involved in "a nearby indirect lightning strike" on Nov. 7 while working on an F-35 at Eglin AFB, Fla., 53rd Wing public affairs chief Maj. Ashley Conner told Air Force Magazine Thursday. The airmen were clearing the flight line when the incident occurred, she said, explaining that this process is normally undertaken after lightning is spotted "or lightning warnings are issued."

"One airman was closing an F-35 canopy and the other airman was winding up a grounding wire," Conner explained.

While the lightning strike—whose precise location is still unknown—didn't directly hit the airmen, they experienced dizziness and nausea afterwards, she said. The airmen were checked out at the base's emergency room, but were not injured. The F-35s also escaped without damage.

Electrical current from a lightning strike can indirectly travel to a person's body if they make "contact with an electrified object or the ground, which act as conductors for a nearby lightning strike," according to an article published by the Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review, a cardiology journal, detailing how these meterological events can affect the human heart...." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5610732/

Graphic: "Abstract Lightning strikes are a common and leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Multiple organ systems can be involved, though the effects of the electrical current on the cardiovascular system are one of the main modes leading to cardiorespiratory arrest in these patients. Cardiac effects of lightning strikes can be transient or persistent, and include benign or life-threatening arrhythmias, inappropriate therapies from cardiac implantable electronic devices, cardiac ischaemia, myocardial contusion, pericardial disease, aortic injury, as well as cardiomyopathy with associated ventricular failure. Prolonged resuscitation can lead to favourable outcomes especially in young and previously healthy victims." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articl ... gure/fig1/ Cardiac Effects of Lightning Strikes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5610732/

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Unread post09 Nov 2018, 20:53

Step potential is no joke. I'm glad they are ok.
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Unread post09 Nov 2018, 23:01

There's a reason they call it Lightning II...
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