Pi­lot lands plane ‘blind’ af­ter gi­ant hail­stones shat­ter cock­pit wind­screen

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A brave pi­lot landed a tourist jet “blind” af­ter gi­ant hail­stones (inset) smashed the cock­pit’s wind­screen and al­most tore off its nosecone (above). This in­cred­i­ble pic­ture shows the plane af­ter the pi­lot’s heroic emer­gency land­ing at Is­tan­bul’s Ataturk Air­port with 127 PAS­SEN­GERS on board last Thurs­day. In a video taken of the land­ing, a voice on the ground is heard say­ing: “He won’t do it, he won’t do it.” An­other video taken in­side the cabin showed pas­sen­gers grip­ping the seats in front as the air­craft en­dured a bumpy ap­proach. Other fliers can be heard scream­ing. The air­craft did land safely, how­ever, and was greeted by ap­plause from wait­ing emer­gency ser­vices. Capt Alexan­der Akopov said he and other crew were cel­e­brat­ing as if it was a “sec­ond birthday” af­ter his life-sav­ing hero­ics in cop­ing with dam­age caused by hail­stones the size of hen’s eggs. Ukrainian Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko called the cap­tain to con­grat­u­late him and awarded him with the Ukrainian Or­der of Courage. So­cial Me­dia/East­2West News

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