RAF pilot captures incredible moment rare weather phenomenon surrounds jet

A Royal Air Force pilot has captured a rare phenomenon while flying through a storm.

In the amazing video taken from the 99 Squadron's C-17 Globemaster, thick plumes of clouds are visible from the window of the military jet as the pilot struggles to stabilise the plane.

While going through the pitch-black sky, a luminous branch-like plasma shoots out in the sky and lights up the view in orange hue colours.

The 99 Squadron shared the footage on Monday, October 5, on Twitter, where it garnered more than 4,000 views.

They wrote: "This is what the office looks like to a 99 Squadron C-17 crew navigating their way through the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone) at night!

"The electrical weather phenomenon of St Elmo’s Fire isn’t dangerous, but it usually means you’re surrounded by storms!"

However, they did not state where this was filmed.

One amazed viewer said: "THAT is incredible & just so 2020!"

Another wrote: "Wow, freaky."

St Elmo's Fire is a weather phenomenon of a persistent blue glow that occasionally appears near pointy objects during storms, according to Live Science.

It tends to take place in stormy conditions but it is distinctly different from lightning and doesn't burn or present any immediate danger to sailors and hikers.

Earlier this year, pilots steering the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's plane Kermit also captured St Elmo's Fire during their flight over the North Atlantic.

Lt Josh Rannenberg captured the moment the plasma hit the plane's windscreen.

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