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Are thunderstorms dangerous to aircraft?

Aircraft avoid thunderstorms to avoid potential threats or dangers. But encountering severe weather occasionally happens.

Jet aircraft carry weather radars to detect and thus avoid the violent updrafts of storms. These updrafts have strong, turbulent winds and can carry hail. You probably have experiences with hail falling on the ground, but hail can also cause damage to planes flying at 10,000 or even 30,000 feet. Continue reading

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