A Turkish Airline pilot was flying over Turkish Ground when the airplane was caught in a savage storm that cracked the windshield of the airplane and he had to make an emergency landing on the Ataturk Airport on Thursday.
Captain Alexander Akopov, a Ukrainian pilot was flying airbus A3320, carrying 121 passengers and 6 crew members over Turkey when the storm hit. The hailstorm was loaded with massive stones, purportedly, each as big as an egg. The hailstones cracked the whole windshield of the plane and he had to make a hasty landing while being completely blinded by the cracks in it.
During the torrential downpour, most passengers had lost hope of survival yet the pilot, with more than 30 years of experience under his belt landed the airbus safely after acquiring special permission from Ataturk airport, which had been closed due to the raging storm.
The experience would undoubtedly have been a jarring one for both, the pilot and the passengers on board. It really is a miracle that they landed without any real damage. After safely landing, the pilot commented:
“I have been flying for 30 years. Well, did you see the plane landing? Was it okay? The passengers are alive. It is normal. This is our professional reliability. Our locator did not show this weather disaster; this is why it happened. It was hard, but the main thing is that people are alive.”
The landing with zero visibility was applauded by many and the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko awarded Captain Alexander Akopov with the Order of Courage for his expertise and valour. The video can be spotted here.