Can lightning hurt a person in freefall?
May 21, 2010 3:57 PM Subscribe
I'm an amateur skydiver, on my last jump at around 9000 feet I saw a lightning bolt in a cloud a mile or two away. In 170 jumps I've blown through plenty of clouds, sometimes with rain, without ever giving lightning a thought. Although ungrounded, am I likely to be struck in freefall? Would being struck in freefall damage or melt tightly packed nylon?
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