JUNE 4, 2018
American Airlines Airbus A319 on flight #AA1897 from San Antonio to Phoenix was diverted to El Paso after it was hit by a hailstorm. The Hailstones shattered windshields and severely damaged the nosecone.
The flight 1897 with 130 passengers and a crew of five took off from San Antonio just before 7 p.m, and lost altitude at 30,000, when it dropped suddenly in the middle of a hailstorm. The pilots indicated they had virtually no visibility, but were able to land the plane safely at El Paso Airport in Texas, United States at 8:03 p.m.
No injuries reported.
“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” American Airlines said in a statement.