An airliner rocked violently because it flew by a hellish hailstorm that destroyed the aircraft’s nose and compelled an emergency touchdown, harrowing video from the cabin confirmed.
LATAM Airlines Paraguay’s Flight LA1325 was caught in the brutal climate whereas flying to the capital of Asunción from Santiago de Chile late Wednesday.
Frightening footage exhibits the plane shaking badly as flashes of lightning crack exterior and terrified passengers inside are heard screaming. No one was injured.
Stunning photos taken on the bottom present a gaping gap in the nose of the Airbus A320-200 and a shattered windshield.
The General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics of Chile stated the aircraft made an emergency touchdown “due to extreme and unforeseen weather conditions.”
“This issue is under investigation, both on the DINAC side and on the side of the airline,” Félix Kanasawa, head of Paraguay’s National Directorate of Civil Aeronautics, advised native radio, Reuters reported.
LATAM Airlines Paraguay stated in an announcement the aircraft “experienced severe weather conditions” that pressured an emergency touchdown.
“Both passengers and crew are in good condition,” it stated. “LATAM Airlines Paraguay regrets the inconvenience this meteorological event may have caused its passengers.”
The damaged aircraft, carrying 48 passengers, diverted to Foz do Iguaçu/Cataratas International Airport in Brazil, Simple Flying reported.