11th August 2015 at 14:18 #537612
Anonymous11th August 2015 at 14:18 #537613
Am American Airlines B787 suffered hail storm damage near Beijing on July 27. The aircraft in question was just three months old.
They hope to have it repaired and “back in the air in the next week or so.”
But a picture in The Dallas Morning News shows the amount of damage that this B787 nose cone suffered in the hailstorm.11th August 2015 at 14:44 #537614
Drop of Turtle Wax, soon polish that out. 🙂11th August 2015 at 15:27 #537615
Tom OtleyKeymaster11th August 2015 at 17:46 #537616
Sounds as if it got whacked by hail, whilst in clear air.
By no means unknown and very difficult to avoid, as ice doesn’t paint well on weather radar. (I used to fly an aircraft so fitted and it was a stated limitation of the system.)12th August 2015 at 10:28 #537617
Shows how tough those birds are but for the passengers must have been like flying through a war zone at low altitude!12th August 2015 at 11:53 #537618
I wonder if it is becoming more common. This one in January caused £13 million in damage to aircraft and equipment and resulted in three deaths
While this U.S piece discusses the increasing damage caused by hailstorms in the U.S
and from Allianz12th August 2015 at 12:18 #537619
Some background reading on storm intensity12th August 2015 at 12:21 #537620
I’m not sure if it’s more common or the fact that it’s being reported more often as a “newsworthy” story? If you look at sites such as airliners.net there are plenty of pictures going back many years of hail damaged aircraft.
I think the fact we have more aircraft in the skies and where even a normal diversion can hit the front page nowadays with some journals looking to sensationalize every minor event due to an increased awareness of all matter flying thanks to MH340 and MH17, has more to do with it than anything else.
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