Cracked Windshield on American Airlines Forces Plane to Make Emergency Landing

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Turbulence damages American Airlines flight, forces landing

A disastrous hailstorm in Texas has frightened passengers onboard an American Airlines flight out of their senses and damaged the aircraft's windshield and nose cone.

An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday due to a cracked windshield.

An airline spokesman says windshield panels and a cockpit side window were also damaged, but the engines, including the fan blades, were intact.

American Airlines Flight 1897 was carrying 130 passengers and five crew members from San Antonio when it landed in El Paso just after 8 p.m. after being in the air for about two hours. The aircraft is now being evaluated by our maintenance team.

Passenger Jesus Esparza told KENS-TV in San Antonio he saw lightning and hail and the plane dropped "like a rollercoaster".

Esparaza said passengers observed lighting outside their windows during the flight and said it sounded like the plane was being pelted with hail. "We never want to disrupt our customers' travel plans, and we are sorry for the trouble this caused", a statement read. He gave a sickness bag to another passenger who had already used one.

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