The loss of cabin pressure plus continued transmission of data sounds a lot like a midair break up, not a lightning strike and 4 minutes indicates a catastrophic nature at cruising altitude.
I was thinking that too. It would also explain the multiple system failures reported during the transmissions. Somone on another board speculated that both engines may have flamed out, and the little backup turbine for power generation got busted up by hail, a situation which could also result in similar error messages...
"Don't worry Boss...they can't do nothin' 'til they're through sparklin'..."
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