Severe weather damages American Airlines plane, forces emergency landing
By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
June 05, 2018, 9:47:46 AM EDT
Severe weather moving across the central United States on Sunday damaged an American Airlines plane, forcing it to make an emergency landing in El Paso, Texas, according to ABC News.
The plane had taken off from San Antonio and was about two hours into its flight to Phoenix before it was forced to divert to El Paso after being struck by hail.
No injuries were reported to the 130 passengers and five crew members on board.
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Pictures on social media showed damage to the nose of the plane and a window that was shattered.
"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," American Airlines said in a statement, according to ABC News. "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."
This was the front of our plane. The nose is caved in and the window is shattered from "hale" pic.twitter.com/CJQHddxsdG— White Yeezus (@MasonHart) June 4, 2018
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