American Airlines B787 damaged in hail stormBack to Forum
Anonymous11 Aug 2015
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.11 Aug 2015
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.)11 Aug 2015
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 Allianz12 Aug 2015
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.12 Aug 2015