Author Topic: Pilot lands Airbus at Ataturk airport 'blind' after hailstones shatter windscree  (Read 366 times)

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Wow !!! The pictures are scary

A pilot carried out a heart-stopping emergency landing during which he couldn't see – after giant hailstones shattered the windscreen of his severely damaged jet.
A heavy storm over Turkey saw hailstones the size of eggs rain down, which left a gash in Captain Akopov’s plane and disabled the plane's autopilot.
He said: “I have been flying for 30 years. Well, did you see the plane landing? Was it okay? The passengers are alive. It is normal. This is our professional reliability," he told local media.

“Our locator did not show this weather disaster, this is why it happened. It was hard, but the main thing is that people are alive.”

Hailstones cracked the cockpit window just 10 minutes after take-off on a Turkish airline AtlasGlobal flight to Erkan in northern Cyprus.

He was given permission to attempt to land at Ataturk airport, despite it being closed to other flights because of the bad weather.