Vistara Flight Conducts Unscheduled Landing in Bhubaneswar After Hailstorm Damages Windshield

Vistara flight makes emergency landing in Bhubaneswar after windshield cracked due to hailstorm, all passengers safe. Highlights importance of airline safety protocols during severe weather conditions.

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Vistara Flight Conducts Unscheduled Landing in Bhubaneswar After Hailstorm Damages Windshield

Vistara Flight Conducts Unscheduled Landing in Bhubaneswar After Hailstorm Damages Windshield

A Vistara flight from Bhubaneswar to New Delhi conducted an unscheduled landing at Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, after encountering a severe hailstorm shortly after takeoff. The aircraft's windshield cracked due to the impact of the hailstones, prompting the pilots to request priority landing just 10 minutes into the flight.

According to Bhubaneswar Airport Director Prasanna Pradhan, the Vistara flight UK 788 took off from Bhubaneswar around 1:45 pm but had to return and land 10 minutes later after the windshield was damaged by the hailstorm. The storm, influenced by Kalabaisakhi, a local weather phenomenon, also caused some damage to other parts of the aircraft's structure.

All 169 passengers and crew members on board the flight were reported to be safe. The quick decision-making and skilled handling of the situation by the crew ensured the aircraft landed without further incident. "The windshield was damaged, but no harm was caused to the passengers," Pradhan confirmed.

Why this matters: The incident highlights the challenges faced by airlines operating in regions prone to severe weather conditions. It underscores the importance of well-trained crews and robust safety protocols in ensuring passenger safety during unexpected situations.

Vistara arranged an alternate aircraft to carry the passengers to their destination in New Delhi while the damaged aircraft underwent necessary repairs. The airline expressed regret for the inconvenience caused to the passengers and emphasized that the safety of customers and crew is their top priority.

Authorities are investigating the extent of the damage to the aircraft and the repairs required before it can be cleared for operation. "The passengers are currently waiting at the airport, and another flight is being arranged to carry them once the necessary repairs are made to the aircraft," Pradhan said.

Key Takeaways

  • Vistara flight from Bhubaneswar to Delhi made emergency landing due to hailstorm damage.
  • Windshield cracked, prompting pilots to request priority landing 10 mins after takeoff.
  • All 169 passengers and crew were safe, with no injuries reported.
  • Airline arranged alternate flight while damaged aircraft underwent repairs.
  • Incident highlights challenges of severe weather for airlines, importance of safety protocols.