American Airlines Pilots Safely Land Aircraft After Hail Damages Nose and Windshield

By Paul Riegler on 4 June 2018
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DSC_0070An American Airlines flight from San Antonio to Phoenix made an emergency landing after a hailstorm severely damaged the aircraft’s nose cone and caused a cracked windshield.

“The hail has beat up our forward windshields pretty badly for American Airlines 1897,” said the pilot to the tower over the radio. “At this time, we don’t have a whole lot of forward visibility,” he added.

The Airbus A319 landed at El Paso International Airport Sunday night after two hours aloft, having taken off at 7 p.m. local time.  No injuries were reported among the 130 passengers and five crewmembers, although multiple passengers required the use of air sickness bags.

American provided a new plane to allow passengers to continue to their final destination, Phoenix, later Sunday evening.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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