A hero pilot has saved the lives of 127 passengers by safely landing his hail-damaged plane in conditions of near-blindness.
A severe hailstorm cracked Captain Alexander Akopov’s plane’s windscreen and nose, disabling the autopilot and leaving him and his co-pilot unable to see through the windscreen. Captain Akopov was thus forced to make an emergency landing in treacherous conditions at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Thursday, July 27.
For his brave and successful landing of the Airbus A320, he has been awarded the Ukrainian “Order For Courage.” Footage of the hair-raising incident has surfaced online. It first shows the plane speeding towards the ground and then the situation inside the plane.