Hail storm smashed the front of the plane

Hail storm smashed the front of the plane
Had to do an emergency landing flying blind.

- The ten most terrifying minutes of my life, a passenger told CNN.

Delta Airlines' flight 1889, on Friday night was on the way from Boston to Salt Lake City when the Airbus A320 suddenly flew into a hail storm.

Hail smashed the fuselage and shattered parts of the front of the plane, reports CNN.

Finally, conditions were so bad and the damage so large, that the pilots saw no other solution than to make an emergency landing in Denver.

There was only one problem - the windshield of the plane was so full of cracks that they had to carry out an emergency landing flying almost blind.

The airline company Delta confirms the incident and said the plane had a cracked windshield and heavy damage in the nose, where both navigational equipment and the weather radar is located. It is not yet clear whether any of this equipment was damaged.

- The plane traveled from Boston and was suppose to land in Salt Lake City, but the weather made that the pilots had to land in Denver, which was the closest airport when the storm occurred, said Delta's spokeswoman Liz Savadelis to CNN.

Rob Wessman was aboard the plane. He says that passengers could clearly see the damage when they landed in Denver.

- When we went around the corner, we could see the shattered windshield. It was a kind of a hole over the engine where lightning had struck. We could see that the nose of the plane was almost gone. It was really intense, says Wessman to KSTU.

One person was taken to hospital after the emergency landing.

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