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Austrian Airlines plane seriously damaged after hailstorm

An Austrian Airlines plane was seriously damaged on Sunday (9), after a hailstorm.

According to the airline, the aircraft passed through a “storm cell”. The phenomenon is a mass of air that contains air currents that go in various directions and can cause turbulence.

The plane with 173 passengers and six crew left Palma de Mallorca, Spain, heading for Vienna, Austria. The aircraft landed safely in the Austrian capital and no one was injured.

An emergency call was made during the flight, according to Austrian Airlines.

Images on social media show the nose of the plane badly damaged, the top of the cockpit bent and the glass in the cockpit windows cracked.

“The Airbus A320 aircraft was damaged by hail on yesterday’s flight OS434 from Palma de Mallorca to Vienna. The aircraft was caught in a storm cell as it approached Vienna, which according to the cabin crew was not visible on weather radar,” Austrian Airlines said in a statement to CNN this Monday (10).

“According to initial information, the two front cockpit windows of the aircraft, the nose of the aircraft [o “radome”] and some panels were damaged by hail.”

Local authorities are now assessing the severity of the incident.

The case comes after an incident last month with Singapore Airlines flight SQ321, when one passenger died and more than 70 were injured after the plane hit severe turbulence.

Later the same week, 12 people were injured on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Dublin.

Source: CNN Brasil

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