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Not with the atmosphere per se but yes - thats the electrical discharge.

The fuselage is acting as an antenna and so a current will be induced in it at the frequencies of the EM radiation to which it is exposed. This then gets reradiated as another electrical discharge.
With the huge currents involved the air ionises which is what we see as lightning.

In practice this happens thousands of times every year. The current flows around the fuselage so all parts of the aircraft are at the same potential. This means you can safely touch the metal parts of the aircract as the potential difference between the two point you are connecting is zero. - This is also why seagulls don't get electrocuted when they land on a high voltage powerline.
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