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The windshield of an Austrian Airlines plane was shattered and the nose cone was torn off after flying during a thunderstorm

The windshield of an Austrian Airlines plane was shattered and the nose cone was torn off after flying during a thunderstorm

  • An Austrian Airlines plane flew into a thunderstorm on Sunday.

  • The plane was hit by hail, which led to its windshield and nose being shattered.

  • All 173 passengers and six crew members were unharmed and landed safely in Vienna.

An Austrian Airlines plane en route from Spain to Austria was severely damaged after flying through a thunderstorm on Sunday.

“An Airbus A320 sustained hail damage during yesterday’s flight OS434 from Palma de Mallorca to Vienna,” the airline said in a statement. CNN on monday.

“The aircraft got stuck in a thunderstorm cell on approach to Vienna, which according to the cockpit crew was not visible on weather radar,” Austrian Airlines said, adding that the pilots made an emergency call during the flight.

According to the airline, the plane’s two front cockpit windows, the nose, and some panels were “damaged by hail,” according to CNN. All 173 passengers and six crew members were unharmed and landed safely in Vienna.

Pictures going around Social media Details of the extent of damage to the aircraft. Along with much of the plane’s nose peeling off, the plane’s front cockpit windows appear to have been shattered as well.

Emily Oakley, a passenger on the flight, said Letters of News That the plane encountered a “cloud of hail and thunderstorms” when it was “about 20 minutes from landing.”

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“We definitely felt the hailstones falling on the plane, and it was very loud and very rocky for a minute,” Oakley said. “We didn’t notice the nose was missing until after we got out! The pilots really did an excellent job of keeping things as smooth and safe as possible.”

Austrian Airlines said in a statement to: Fox Business Their technical team is “tasked with assessing the specific damage to the aircraft.”

The company added, “The safety of our passengers and crew is the highest priority.”

Representatives for Austrian Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment from BI sent outside normal business hours.

The incident comes later Several flights experienced severe turbulence Last month.

On May 20 a Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore It was flying over southern Myanmar when turbulence sent the plane flying Drop 178 feet in four seconds.

A 73-year-old passenger died of a suspected heart attack, and dozens of passengers were injured in the crash.

a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Dublin I ran into a similar problem a few days later, on May 26th. Six passengers and six crew members were injured when the plane encountered turbulence while flying over Türkiye.

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