|C/n / msn:||1663|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 127|
|Location:||near Istanbul – Turkey|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport (IST/LTBA)|
|Destination airport:||Tymvou Ercan International Airport (ECN/LCEN)|
AtlasGlobal flight KK1010 with 127 passengers returned to land at Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport in Turkey after passing through a hail storm. The nose radome of the Airbus A320 had caved in and sustained a hole as a result of being battered by hail stones, the both forward windshields were damaged.
The aircraft took off from runway 05 at 15:40 UTC. A safe landing was made on runway 35L at 16:08 UTC.
The pilot has been awarded a national medal of courage for safely landing the passenger jet “blind”.
Weather at the time of the incident:
LTBA 271520Z 32021G34KT 290V350 3600 -TSRA SCT016CB BKN026 20/20 Q1003 RETSGRRA BECMG TL1600 9999 NSW
LTBA 271534Z 34017KT 6000 -TSRA FEW020CB BKN035 21/20 Q1002 BECMG TL1600 NSW RMK RWY17L /////KT RWY05 33018KT RWY23 34016KT 310V020
>> LTBA 271550Z 34021KT 9999 -SHRA FEW020CB BKN030 22/20 Q1002 RETSRA NOSIG RMK RWY17L 35016KT RWY05 33019KT RWY23 34016KT
LTBA 271620Z 30016KT 7000 FEW014 SCT025CB BKN080 22/20 Q1004 RESHRA NOSIG RMK RWY17L 31015KT RWY05 29015KT RWY23 31015KT 290V350
Trouble had started ten minutes into the flight to Erkan, in Northern Cyprus, after the plane was hit by hailstones that cracked the cockpit windows, damaged the exterior and disabled the auto-pilot.
Capt Akopov, from Ukraine, said he celebrated with another crew member like it was his second birthday when he landed.
‘I have been flying for 30 years,’ he said.
‘It was hard, but the main thing is that people are alive.
‘Well, did you see the plane landing? Was it okay? The passengers are alive. It is normal. This is our professional reliability.’
Separate video from the inside of the plane showed passengers crying and screaming as the aircraft rocked from side to side.
Everyone was relieved when it landed safely, including those watching at Ataturk airport who applauded.
The airport had been closed because of the weather but the pilot was still allowed to land because of the emergency.
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko congratulated Captain Akopov personally after calling him following the emergency landing.
He also awarded him the Ukrainian Order of Courage.
The two members of cabin crew were also praised for their bravery