Delta: Pilot Makes ‘Blind’ Emergency Landing After Hail Damages Windshield

Delta: Pilot Makes ‘Blind’ Emergency Landing After Hail Damages Windshield
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A Delta jet had to make an emergency landing after its windshield was pelted with massive hail.


Caught In Thunderstorm, Emergency Landing In Denver

Hail pelted Flight 1889, flying from Boston to Salt Lake City, as it flew through a thunderstorm, which caused the Airbus A320’s nose cone to break and almost the entire windshield to crack, according to New York Post.

“There were times when we felt like the air dropped out from under us,” passenger Beau Sorensen said, as reported by Denver Post.

“We could see lightning spider-webbing over the wings and hail pounding the plane.”

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The Airbus A320, scheduled to fly from Boston to New York City, was caught in a thunderstorm and the pilots were forced to emergency land the plane in Denver, the nearest airport, Delta spokeswoman Liz Savadelis said.

The storm caused “severe turbulence,” Denver International Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale said. In two minutes, the plane dropped 14,000 in altitude.

Coale further said that one person was taken to the hospital after the emergency landing was made. No reason as to why someone had to be taken to the hospital was given.

Pictures posted on social media show that the nose cone of the plane had been smashed, though at this point there is no evidence if the navigational equipment and radars located in the nose experienced any damage.

‘Scariest 10 Minutes Of My Life’

According to, the pilots had informed the air traffic control about the emergency landing, saying, “We’re probably going to do an autoland here. We have a visibility problem here. Just be advised that both our forward windshields have significant damage, so it’s a forwards visibility problem.”

The windshield in the pilots’ cabin was cracked by the hail.

“I fly constantly, and this was the scariest 10 minutes of my life,” passenger Robert Jones, who took a different flight to Salt Lake City after the emergency landing in Denver, said.

According to CNN, Jones said, “I thought, ‘OK. Have I told everybody that I love that I love them?'” Jones said, recalling the earlier flight. “And as soon as I realized I had done that, I was like, ‘I’m all right. Everything’s going to be OK.’ ”

Upon landing, passengers were transported to another flight to be flown to Salt Lake City, a Delta spokeswoman said.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

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