A hailstorm caused severe damage to an Austrian Airlines flight from Palma de Mallorca in Spain to Vienna, Austria.

The airline said the aircraft hit a “thunderstorm cell” during the flight.

The plane, which carried 173 passengers and six crew members, landed safely in Vienna.

“Austrian Airlines A320 severely damaged by a hailstorm while on approach to Vienna Airport in Austria. Despite the damage to the aircraft’s nose and windscreen the pilots landed safely,” Breaking Aviation News & Videos wrote.




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Per ABC News:

The hail caused damage to the cockpit windows, some coverings and the nose, which photos showed appeared to have broken off.

“I think we were about 20 minutes from landing when we got into a cloud of hail and thunderstorm, and the turbulence started,” Emmeley Oakley, a passenger on the flight, told ABC News via text message.

Oakley said that inside the cabin, they could hear the hail as it hit their aircraft.

“We could definitely feel the hail coming down on the plane and it was quite loud and ofc super rocky for a minute,” Oakley wrote.


CNN reports:

A mayday emergency call was made during the flight, says Austrian.

Social media shows the plane’s nose was seriously damaged, the top of the cockpit bent and the glass in the windows of the cockpit cracked.

“Airbus A320 aircraft was damaged by hail on yesterday’s flight OS434 from Palma de Mallorca to Vienna. The aircraft was caught in a thunderstorm cell on approach to Vienna, which according to the cockpit crew was not visible on the weather radar,” Austrian Airlines said in a statement to CNN Monday.

“According to current information, the two front cockpit windows of the aircraft, the nose of the aircraft [the “radome”] and some paneling were damaged by the hail.”

It is now being checked for specific damage assessment.

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