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China Southern Airlines Plane Severely Damaged by Hail Storm

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 11, 2016

China Southern Airlines Plane Severely Damaged by Hail Storm

Photo via Twitter

On Saturday, a China Southern Airlines flight arriving at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport was severely damaged by a hail storm as it prepared for its landing.

According to the Aviation Herald, China Southern Airlines Flight CZ3483 was en route from Guangzhou to Chengdu Saturday when the plane encountered a hail storm as it began its descent to the Chengdu airport.

The hail storm severely damaged the Airbus A320 plane, cracking the windshields to the point pilots could no longer see through them and forcing the crew to land the aircraft almost completely blind.

Using the navigational instruments and what little visibility remaining, pilots managed to land the plane safely at the Chinese airport at 7:51 p.m. local time with no reported injuries. In addition to a broken windshield, the aircraft also sustained damage to the front of the plane and the leading edge of the left engine fan.

“On July 9, a China Southern Airlines B-9931 A320 aircraft, flight CZ3483 travelling from Guangzhou to Chengdu, took off from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport at 18.05. It arrived at 19.51 in Chengdu Shuangliu Airport,” China Southern Airlines said in a statement. “After the plane landed, maintenance staff checked over the plane and established that the radar cover on the front of the plane, both pilot windshields and parts of the body of the plane were damaged. Their initial investigation concluded that the damage was as a result of hail stones mid-flight. The plane is parked at the airport for repair. Flights scheduled for the aircraft have now been assigned to other planes.”

The official Twitter account of CCTV News shared a photo of the damaged airplane:


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