It was hard, but the main thing is that people are alive.”The catastrophe hit 10 minutes after the Atlasglobal plane took off to Erkan in Northern Cyprus.Having climbed to 1,300 meters, the hailstones cracked the cockpit windows preventing the pilot from seeing his approach to land.
The captain was permitted to try and land at Ataturk airport even though it had been closed due to the atrocious weather.A full-scale emergency was in place with fire appliances and ambulances awaiting the plane.A video shows a woman with red nails gripping a seat because of the plane’s extreme shaking during the landing.
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko called the captain to congratulate him and awarded him with the Ukrainian Order of Courage.Aviation experts also praised the two Turkisk cabin crew for their bravery and people waiting in the airport broke out in applause when the jet landed safely.
The pilots of other planes greeted the plane by flashing lights and came aboard to shake the pilots’ hands.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.
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