Austrian Airlines Flight Hit By Hailstorm: Cockpit Windows And Aircraft Nose Damaged

A severe hailstorm damaged an Austrian Airlines A320 flight from Palma de Mallorca to Vienna on Sunday. An airline representative confirmed to Times Now that the aircraft encountered the hailstorm while approaching Vienna Airport in Austria, resulting in significant damage to the aircraft's nose and cockpit windows. Fortunately, the pilots managed to land safely, and there were no injuries reported.
Austrian Airlines A320 Hail Damage

A severe hailstorm damaged an Austrian Airlines A320 flight from Palma de Mallorca to Vienna. (Photo Credit: Representational/ UnSplash)

A severe hailstorm damaged an Austrian Airlines A320 flight from Palma de Mallorca to Vienna on Sunday. An airline representative confirmed to Times Now that the aircraft encountered the hailstorm while approaching Vienna Airport in Austria, resulting in significant damage to the aircraft's nose and cockpit windows. Fortunately, the pilots managed to land safely, and there were no injuries reported.
In a statement to Times Now, the airline said, "We confirm that on today's flight OS434 from Palma de Mallorca to Vienna, an Airbus A320 aircraft was damaged by hail. The aircraft encountered a thunderstorm cell during approach to Vienna, which according to the cockpit crew, was not visible on the weather radar. As of now, the hail has damaged the two front cockpit windows, the aircraft nose (radome), and some coverings."
"Due to the damage, a Mayday distress call was made. The aircraft was able to land safely at Vienna-Schwechat Airport. All passengers on the flight were unharmed. The Austrian Airlines technical team is already tasked with assessing the specific damage to the aircraft. The safety of our passengers and crews is the top priority for Austrian Airlines."
Photos and videos circulating online showed the severe damage to the aircraft's nose and cockpit windows.
This incident comes after a Vistara flight made an emergency landing last month due to a cracked windshield caused by a hailstorm. The flight was en route from Bhubaneswar, a city in India's eastern state of Odisha, to Delhi when it had to make an emergency landing at Bhubaneswar airport shortly after takeoff. Authorities confirmed that in addition to the windshield, other parts of the aircraft's structure were also damaged during the incident.
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