Sun, Jun 11, 2006
Pilots Land With Shattered Windscreens, No Radar
seventy-seven Korean students got much more than they bargained for
out of their school tour when the Airbus A321 they were aboard was
forced down after a high-speed encounter with hail.
Hailstones pelted Asiana Airlines flight 8942, enroute to Seoul
from the southern resort island of Cheju on Friday night, a company
spokesman told Reuters.
The hail impacted the plane's nose, destroyed its radome and
shattered the front cockpit windows.
While the safety glass in the forward cockpit windows' remained
in place, the shattered glass was impossible to see
"Our pilots had to land the jet manually without a view of what
was ahead of them," the spokesman said.
None of the 200 passengers onboard the A321 (file photo of type,
above) were injured.
The spokesman added that pilots Lee Chang-ho and Kim Yong-ik
will receive commendations for their efforts.
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