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Lightning accidents in Nigeria: with special attention to aviation mishaps


Buba, Sani Dahiru and Gomes, Chandima and Ab Kadir, Mohd Zainal Abidin Lightning accidents in Nigeria: with special attention to aviation mishaps. In: International Conference on Lightning Protection (ICLP), 2-7 Sept. 2012, Vienna, Austria. (pp. 1-6).

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Lightning related accidents in Nigeria, a country of high lightning density, have been collected and analyzed. Results show that lightning related human injuries and deaths are very high in Nigeria, where the actual figure may reach as high as 500 deaths per year. However, due to the social stigma attached to lightning incidents and the lack of unbroken news chains reaching media, collection of accurate statistics has become a daunting task. Apart from human and livestock related hazards; property damage is also of high concern due to probable devastating consequences of such incidents. Extra attention has been paid on collecting damage records related to aviation industry as there are several serious accidents related to lightning have been reported in this area. The data collected and analysed is used to develop a set of national level recommendations for lighting safety and protection which can also be applicable in neighbouring countries, as they also experience extremely high lightning occurrence density.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
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Publisher: IEEE
Keywords: Lightning; Aero planes; Nigeria; Step potential; Direct strikes; Aviation accidents
Depositing User: Azian Edawati Zakaria
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2015 10:06
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2015 10:06
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