Airport Worker Struck by Lightning on Tarmac in Florida

Paola Ditto
Agosto 2, 2017

21-year-old Eric Dunn was released from the hospital on Wednesday morning after suffering third-degree burns on his body.

"We knew he wouldn't give up", she said. He spends a minute or so working under plane's wing.

Dunn, 21, was recently released from a Fort Myers hospital, almost two weeks after the July 22 lightning strike. One man was directing the front of the aircraft and the second was operating a vehicle to move the plane onto the runway. A view of the tarmac from a wider angle of the lightning strike shows that no other planes were in operation at the time. Once we knew he was alive.

Dunn, wearing orange, is near the nose of the plane as the lightning bolt causes a bright orange flash to go off near him - knocking him to the ground.

Co-workers who witnessed the strike are seen panicking and calling for help. "It was a relief but it was definitely the scariest thing, you don't expect it...you don't expect it", said Autumn Dunn, his sister.

Airport officials told NBC2 that their lightning warning system got activated when Dunn was struck.

The company that employs Dunn and is subcontracted by the airport did not reply to requests from WZVN for comment.

NBC2 also reached out to Sun Country airlines for an explanation as to why the plane was not grounded for the storm.

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