Posted by Sandhya on .
Imagine an airplane flying under a cloud during a thunderstorm.Do the passengers get electrocuted? Explain why or why not.
Should the airplane's wheels be insulators or conductors? Explain why.
I have never heard of passengers being electrocuted in a lightning storm. They are inside a metallic enclosure which diverts current (if any) around them.
I don't see why the wheels would make any difference in a lightning storm, but I would not want to land in a plane with metal (conducting) wheels. The wheels are retracted and hidden except during landing, anyway.