Tianjin Airlines Plane Heavily Damaged as Hail Hits Mid-Flight

By Mehaa Shah, July 27, 2018

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A plane was pounded by a hailstorm mid-flight while traveling from Tianjin to Haikou on Thursday, China Daily reports.

Tianjin hailstorm
Image via China Daily

Tianjin Airlines flight A320 was cruising through thunderstorms over Zhengzhou at an altitude of 9,800 meters (32,000 feet) when it was suddenly hit by hail. The chunks of ice cracked the outer layer of the left and right windshields and caused the plane's weather radar to fail.

Tianjin Hailstorm
Image via China Daily

Despite all the damage the plane sustained, the airbus was eventually able to land safely in Wuhan, Hubei province. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

[Images via China Daily, byeangel/Flickr]

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