Every commercial aircraft is struck by lightning, on average, once a year. When it happens, a post-lightning strike inspection must be performed to assess the status of the aircraft prior to return to service. The Boeing 737 is not an exception. On this page, you will learn the ins and outs of lightning strike inspections performed on this aircraft type.
When first unveiled on January 17th, 1967, the Boeing 737 soon became one of the most successful aircraft of all time. Since then, more than 10,000 aircraft have been delivered worldwide, which makes the 737 the most sold aircraft type to date.
Although struck by lightning 1 to 2 times per year, no major aircraft incidents have been registered with the 737 over the last 50 years in service.