Hail Damages Airplane Mid-Flight, Forces Emergency Landing
A Delta Air Lines jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Denver International Airport on Friday night after hail severely damaged the aircraft, shattering the windows of the cockpit and taking out a massive chunk of the plane’s nose.
Delta Flight 1889 was scheduled to go from Boston to Salt Lake City, but after running into strong storms over southwest Nebraska, the flight was diverted to Denver, Colorado and safely landed at 8:42pm MDT, but not after a harrowing journey for passengers on board.
One passenger called it the “scariest 10 minutes of my life”, via Fox 13 in Salt Lake City. Other passengers reportedly held hands and cried as the plane was pelted by hail, forcing it to divert to Denver.
Via FlightAware.com, the damaged aircraft was an Airbus A-320 that departed Boston’s Logan International Airport over an hour late. At about 8:00pm MDT, detailed flight records show that the plane appeared to run into trouble as it descended 2,244 feet in just 62 seconds, between 8:05 and 8:06pm MDT. For approximately 10 minutes, the plane continued to sharply descend as it moved into eastern Colorado before safely landing in Denver.
ABC News reported that audio recordings of the pilots’ communications revealed that visibility was compromised as a result of the shattered cockpit window.
Passengers safely arrived in Salt Lake City International Airport early Saturday morning after the scary ride.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo courtesy: Rob Wessman, Fox 13 Salt Lake