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Was This Plane Engulfed in St. Elmo's Fire?

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Was This Plane Engulfed in St. Elmo's Fire?

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As British Airways Flight 9 works its way across the Indian Ocean, mysterious glowing lights appeared on the windshield and engines of the plane. Was this St. Elmo's fire, a rare weather phenomenon?

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High above the Indian Ocean, pilots and passengers aboard a 747 witness pinpricks of light engulfing their plane as smoke begins to fill the cabin. Shortly afterward, all four engines fail, forcing the pilots to attempt to resuscitate the aircraft before it crashes into the sea. Witness the strange phenomena that overtook British Airways Flight 9 and how their struggle to safely land the plane changed the way pilots today are trained to handle similar eruptive emergencies.

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