Re: lightning? bah.
pretty danged rare
Not at all. Rather regulary:
Lightning regularly strikes airplanes. In fact, as far as anyone knows, the odds are that each airliner in the USA will be hit by lightning once a year. (Obviously some would be hit more than once, some not at all.)
Saw one get hit on the approach once. For some reason this created a weirdly greenish light IIRC.