Photographer Snaps Once-in-a-Lifetime Picture of Plane Mid-Flight

It 's beyond belief what an outstanding shot can be randomly captured by a camera. That 's exactly what happened to German photographer Birk Mobius who couldn't have known back in 2014, as he was taking pictures with his camera around the small airport he was visiting, that he was about to capture an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime moment.

As he casually snapped some pictures of a Boeing 777 cargo plane on a turbulent 30-minute flight from Frankfurt to Leipzig, the stormy weather positioned the airplane’s path straight through a vibrant rainbow – just the moment when as a bolt of lightning struck.

The plane, which is owned by German cargo airline company AeroLogic, landed safely at its destination. And Mobius was also grateful because he knew that he caught the once-in-a-lifetime moment on film. This day would be unforgettable in Mobius's memory. He later said it was “probably the most unique and spectacular” photo he’d ever taken.

It’s the combination of rainbow and lightning that makes the picture so unique. Certainly, each airplane is likely to be struck at least once a year by lightning and since a strike caused a fuel tank explosion on a U.S. plane in 1967, safety measures have improved. In fact, the 1967 crash was the last known occurrence of lightning causing a commercial plane to crash in the U.S and the only effects your regular passenger will experience during a strike now are a sudden flash and perhaps a flickering of lights on board.

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