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Jun2-09, 07:48 AM
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Here is some information on the research of lightning and aircraft interaction.
I've seen a video of some of these experiments, but I can't find it on the internet.

Lightning might have been a factor. There is some speculation that aircraft with composite material might be more vulnerable to lightning strikes - but as of now, that's speculation.

Commercial aircraft have lightning wicks (basically lightning rods) or protusions with which to facilitate the conduction current in a more controlled process.

Lightning Strikes Airplane [Boeing 747] During Takeoff

As Fred mentioned, it will be difficult to find in the mid Atlantic. The craft seems to have gone missing somewhere near the mid-Atlantic Ridge.
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"The research area overhangs an underwater mountain range as big as the Andes," Prazuck said. "The underwater landscape is very steep."

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With nothing more to go on than the last point where Flight 447 made contact about 745 miles (1,200 kilometers) northeast of the Brazilian coastal city of Natal search teams faced an immense area of open ocean, with depths as much as 15,000 feet (4,570 meters).