Hailstorm over Turkey damages plane, forces emergency landing

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:32 GMT, Jul 28, 2017 |

An AtlasGlobal Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport on Thursday (July 27) after being hit by hailstones during a freak storm.

Heavy damage could be seen to the plane’s nose and the cockpit windows were covered in debris caused by the severe pounding of the giant hailstones.

The jet took off from Northern Cyprus, heading on a routine flight when it entered a hailstorm over Turkey.

Hailstones the size of golf balls and heavy rain battered Istanbul on Thursday in a freak storm that flooded roads, felled trees and brought air traffic and rush hour transport to a standstill in Turkey’s biggest city. At least two people were injured in the storm, the Daily Sabah newspaper reported.