American Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing Sunday Due to Weather-Related Damage

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American Airlines flight 1897 makes emergency landing in El Paso, Texas after a severe hailstorm damages the plane’s nose and windshield.


“On June 3, American Airlines flight 1897, from San Antonio to Phoenix, diverted to El Paso due to damage sustained by weather in flight. We commend the great work of our pilots, along with our flight attendants, who safely landed the Airbus A319 at 8:03 p.m. MDT,” the company said. “The aircraft is currently being evaluated by our maintenance team. We never want to disrupt our customers’ travel plans and we are sorry for the trouble this caused.”

Passengers on the flight were put on a 11:46 p.m. flight to Phoenix, CBS News reported.

​”We could hear the hail hitting the plane. I don’t know if it was coming head-on or sideways, but we could hear it and we did see lightning,” passenger Jesus Esparza told local San Antonio station KENS 5. “The turbulence was very bad… at one point it felt like we fell pretty hard, kind of like a rollercoaster.”

“It was by far one of the most terrifying experiences I’ve ever been through,” he added.

plans, and we are sorry for the trouble this caused,” a statement released by AA said. The aircraft’s radome and cockpit windscreens were damaged. There were no reports of injuries in spite of the fact that one passenger tweeted: “…Things were flying. Passengers throwing up. Scariest flight of my life…” The ATC communications included this from the pilot of AA 1897, “The hail has beat up our forward windshields pretty badly for American Airlines 1897. At this time, we don’t have a whole lot of forward visibility.”

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