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Photo of an in-flight commercial airliner taken from the ground. While seen less often, we also handle claims wherein aircraft are damaged by tornados and flooding, and when these events occur near an airport or a large number of parked aircraft, numerous aircraft can be substantially damaged due to water intrusion, impact with other aircraft, or other extreme circumstances. (Credit: Andrii IURLOV/Stock.adobe.com)

The combination of significant grounding of aircraft and more frequent extreme weather events have contributed to a change in the profile of aviation claims in the U.S. and beyond.

When considering the extreme weather that is likely to impact the aviation industry, many will first think of lightning. While lightning clearly presents a potential hazard to aircraft, wind, hail and thunderstorms also do. Flooding, too, has become a concern over the past few years as weather events appear to become more extreme and prevalent.

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