Lightning during a thunderstorm emits radiation in the form of gamma rays, X-rays, and high-energy electrons. In a recent study, scientists calculated that a significant amount of radiation can be received that way (equivalent to 400 chest X-rays, which is considered the maximum safe dose for a lifetime). On the other hand, the chance of a plane flying close enough to the lightning to receive such a high dose of radiation is very low, as during the course of the study only one such flash was detected and at a safe distance away. Just to note, there’s probably a higher health risk associated with the danger to the airplane itself due to difficulties associated with flying through the thunderstorm.
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