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Hailstorm forces emergency landing after plane badly damaged

Hailstorm forces emergency landing after plane badly damaged
The aircraft's nose radome was stripped away leaving the radar antenna exposed (Image credit: Karl Allen Lugmayer/Adobe Stock)

Austrian Airlines pilots were forced to declare an emergency landing on Sunday afternoon due to a hailstorm which caused major damage to the cockpit of one of the carrier’s Airbus A320 aircraft.

En route to Vienna from Palma de Mallorca, Austrian Airlines Flight OS434 encountered a hailstorm which tore away the plane’s nose cone and cracked the cockpit windows.

According to AIRLIVE, the aircraft’s weather radar was also badly damaged. No injuries were caused as a result of the incident and the plane landed safely in Vienna.

Following the incident, Austrian Airlines said in a statement: “The airplane encountered a storm cell on its approach to Vienna, which according to the pilots, was not visible on the weather radar.

“Based on the current assessment, the hail damaged cockpit windows, the plane’s nose and some panels.”

Responding to one X (formerly Twitter) user asking about the incident, the airline confirmed it only “lasted a few seconds” and that an investigation has been launched into why the plane flew through a hail zone.

An image posted on X depicts the damage to Austrian Airlines’ A320 aircraft

As a result of the incident, the aircraft’s nose radome was stripped away leaving the radar antenna exposed.

The two cockpit windows directly in front of the pilots’ seats were also severely damaged, but remained in place.

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