A Ukrainian pilot is being hailed as a hero after he landed an Airbus A320 damaged in a hailstorm, barely able to see the runway through the shattered windshield of the aircraft, according to reports.
Captain Alexander Akopov landed the AtlasGlobal jet, carrying 121 passengers, at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport on July 27 after its nose was severely damaged shortly after take-off, the Daily Mail reported.
Minutes after departure, the passenger aircraft encountered inclement weather and hail the size of a “chicken egg”.
The pilot was forced to turn the plane around and make an emergency landing at the Ataturk airport within 25 minutes of departure. He was allowed to land the aircraft despite a shutdown at the airport due to the bad weather, the Daily Mail said. He used the side windows of the plane for the landing, according to The Aviation Herald.
“I have been flying for 30 years. Well, did you see …