A Delta Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Colorado after its windscreen and nose cone were badly damaged by hail.
The Airbus A320 was caught up in a storm as it flew from Boston to Salt Lake City and was rerouted to Denver after suffering damage.
“I fly constantly and this was the scariest 10 minutes of my life,” Robin Jones told Fox after landing safely in Utah.
“I thought, ‘OK. Have I told everybody that I love that I love them?’ And as soon as I realised I had done that, I was like, ‘I’m alright. Everything’s going to be OK.’”
The windscreen was cracked by the hail and the aircraft’s nosecone was torn off. Passengers said they could see damage from a lightning strike on one of the engines.
Despite the damage to the windscreen, the pilots were able to land Delta 1889 safely on Fright night and were applauded by the terrified passengers.
One person was take to hospital in the incident.
By Raz Sanchez in Washington
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