A brave Ukrainian pilot landed a passenger aircraft “blind” after giant hailstones smashed the cockpit’s windscreen and almost tore off its nose cone.
These incredible pictures show the plane after the pilot’s heroic emergency landing at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport with 127 passengers on board, The Sun reports.
They show the severe external damage to the Airbus A320 from sudden unexpected hail during a thunder storm, and passengers crying and praying as the stricken plane comes in to a shaky landing. A voice on the ground is heard saying: “He won’t do it, he won’t do it.
Video of the amazing landing is now being shared widely online, with people applauding the pilot’s bravery. Captain Alexander Akopov had to make an emergency landing of the Atlasglobal flight en route to Erkan, Cyprus, at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on July 27, when his visibility was compromised because of the crack in the windscreen. According to news reports, the captain said the hailstones were the size of hen’s eggs, almost tearing off the nosecone; the crew was apparently celebrating the landing as if it was a ‘second birthday’