A ground worker at Southwest Florida International Airport survives a lightning strike (VIDEO)

Posted at 5:43 AM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 06:22:09-04

A ground worker at a Florida airport is out of the hospital after being struck by lightning on the tarmac.

The moment the lightning hit was caught on camera

You can see the bolt strike the tail of a Sun Country airlines plane.

In another angle from the video released by Southwest Florida International Airport, you can see the worker walk underneath the nose of the aircraft.

That's when the lightning hits.


You can see the man, 21-year-old Austin Dunn, get thrown backwards from the jolt.

He was released from the hospital Tuesday nearly two weeks after the near-death experience.

Dunn has third-degree burns over his body, but he is doing better.

His sister Autumn Dunn says the sudden news of the accident caught them all by surprise. "My dad called and he said, 'your brother was electrocuted! and he's at Lee Memorial,' and all I asked was...'is he alive (chokes up).' "

Airport officials say lightning warning systems were activated at the time Dunn was hit.

"Once we knew he was alive, It was a relief but it was definitely the most scariest thing, you don't expect don't expect it," Autumn Dunn said.

Dunn was employed by a company called Navstar, a subcontractor for under-wing handling.

It has not returned a request for comment.