American Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing Sunday Due to Weather-Related Damage

An American Airlines flight traveling from San Antonio to Phoenix on Sunday needed to make an emergency landing in El Paso due to “damage sustained by weather” during the flight, according to a Fox 4 News report. “The aircraft is currently being evaluated by our maintenance team. We never want to disrupt our customers’ travel plans, and we are sorry for the trouble this caused,” a statement released by AA said. The aircraft’s radome and cockpit windscreens were damaged. There were no reports of injuries in spite of the fact that one passenger tweeted: “…Things were flying. Passengers throwing up. Scariest flight of my life…” The ATC communications included this from the pilot of AA 1897, “The hail has beat up our forward windshields pretty badly for American Airlines 1897. At this time, we don’t have a whole lot of forward visibility.”