Lightning Bolt Sends Florida Airport Ground Worker to Hospital

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  1. Randy Jennings

    May 18, 2013
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    Fort Myers, Fla. (NBC News) - " A lightning bolt struck an airplane before traveling through an airport worker's body and electrocuting him. Austin Dunn, a 21-year-old airport ground worker, was standing next to a Sun Country plane on July 22 when lightning began to strike the tarmac at Southwest Florida International Airport, video obtained by NBC2 shows. In the video, the bolt hits the plane and then immediately electrocutes Dunn, causing him to fall to the ground. NBC2 reports Dunn has third-degree burns all over his body and spent two weeks in the hospital recovering."

    Full story and video of the strike (which hit the tail of the plane and the worker was by the nose) at:

    Note: I quoted the story as published above, although it contains what I consider a major error. It goes against AP Style guidelines by using "electrocuting", as the worker survived. AP Style says "electrocution, by definition, means death by electricity". Most, but not all, dictionaries have the same definition. However, the dictionary that Google uses defines electrocute as "injure or kill someone by electric shock".

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