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Delta Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Denver After Hail Damages Aircraft

Delta Airlines passengers had the scare of their lives Friday night when a flight from Boston to Salt Lake City encountered bad weather over eastern Colorado, with hail that caused significant damage to the aircraft's nose and windshield. ( More...

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canuck44 1

Few details in article...DL 1889. A 320. Second Delta aircraft in past month damaged by hail, the other being the 747 over the Eastern Pacific.
bentwing60 1
The only detail you really have to know is when you skirt or penetrate CB's on a regular basis you are gonna get hit. And you will never have a clue which one it will be till the noise starts.
Bryan Nethery 1
Incredible pictures of the aircraft in this story...

Appears they flew into the hail storm... wouldn't they be able to avoid that on a cross-country flight at crusing altitude?
Most airliners max out in the high 30's to low 40's. Tops of severe storms can get up to 70,000 ft.
Bryan Nethery 1
Was referring to the ability to fly around weather, not necessarily above it. Other comments have pointed out that hail and rain are indistinguishable on airborne weather radar. I know that ground-based wx radar will indicate hail, but I assume it uses Doppler and other data that airborne cannot. It seems a rare event, and I'd prefer to never experience something like this.

As the skies become more crowded, I assume there is less flexibility in routes such that there will be times a pilot cannot or will not fly around storms. I cannot recall ever encountering rain at 30k, but moving at those speeds it may not even be apparent. Flying into hail must be a bit like bombers flying into flak in WW2. Scary stuff...
matt jensen 1
Unfortunately radar doesn't see hail, which is why we fly around the weather. Lucky for the crew they were able to land without further incident. FAA needs to red-tag it until further inspection clears it.
bentwing60 2
Actually, I beg to differ. Airborn weather radar does paint hail, but will not differentiate the return from rain and does not show at as high a Db. level. Ergo significant hail may show up as lighter rain, however in most significant hail events the rain is usually painting at a Db. level that the prudent aviator will avoid. Stay outta the cells add away from the anvils and you are very unlikely to hear that sound that is just like somebody throwing marbles and hitting your car at 70 mph.
dondtus 1
MSU Sparty 1
Another 10 mile deviation to the south and he is clear of the weather. Why was this guy cutting it so close? Not a hero in my mind, more like a little stupid. The cells had plenty of room to go around and most all planes went around to the south.
Not necessarily. A little altitude may have helped, but the tops of the impacting cell were almost FL430. There's a good analysis here
MSU Sparty 1
The A320 can get to FL 390 and it was daylight/sunset. He had to see the tops in front of him and the radar had to be all red and yellow. All other planes went around it ?
There were about 80 flights near that airspace around the same time, and most of them went around the storm like you said. I did find another flight that may have had a bumpy ride, too:
spatr 2
Looks like the hole they were aiming for shut really fast!
MSU Sparty 1
Ryan...that was a great review and the time lapse does help to understand it. Thanks !
kyle estep 0
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Delta 1889 emergency landing

Delta 1889 had to make an emergency landing after flying into hail
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Hail Damaged Plane So Badly, It Forced a Landing

Nervous fliers might want to go read anything else: A Delta flight headed from Boston to Salt Lake City last night ran into hail so severe that it cracked the windshield and severely bashed the nose, forcing an emergency in Denver, reports the Denver Post.


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