Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Hero Pilot Lands Plane After Hailstones Damage Jet

Incredible footage has emerged of a hero pilot's heart-stopping emergency landing as he flew completely 'blind' to bring 127 tourists safely to earth after golf ball sized hailstones shattered the windscreen of his 'severely damaged' jet.

Captain Alexander Akopov, who works for the Turkish company, AtlasGlobal, has been awarded the Ukrainian 'Order For Courage' after landing the hail-damaged passenger plane at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport during a fierce storm in Turkey on Thursday.

He saved the lives of 121 passengers and 6 crew members by landing the Airbus A320 after unforgiving winds, rain and hail pummelled the jet's nose and windscreen.

The catastrophe hit ten minutes after take-off on a Turkish airline AtlasGlobal flight to Erkan in northern Cyprus. After the plane had climbed to 1,300 meters, the hailstones cracked the cockpit windows, preventing the pilot from seeing his approach to land.

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