A hail storm hit a S7 Airlines Airbus A320 en route to Moscow, causing both windshield cracks.
On July 3rd, a hail storm damaged both outside windshield lenses on the Airbus A320-200, registration VP-BOL, which was flying from Chelyabinsk to Moscow Domodedovo Airport.
“We were travelling to Moscow from Chelyabinsk on July 3 evening,” Mash, one of the passengers, stated. The plane was gaining altitude when it encountered turbulence and a hail shower. Despite the smashed windows, the pilots were able to properly land the plane in Moscow, and practically on time.”
S7 Airlines A320 damaged by hail storm on departure from Chelyabinsk in Russia. No injuries reported. pic.twitter.com/XxRwkIWi7N
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After departing Chelyabinsk at 20:17 local time, the crew continued their flight to Moscow and landed safely at 20:49 local time.
The crew turned left to abort the approach at a height of roughly 1500 feet and 1 nautical mile from the runway threshold. After a complete go-around on the second approach, the A320 landed safely.