WATCH: “Blinded” Pilot Lands Plane With 127 Passengers Onboard

Give this man a medal.

A plane has successfully landed at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, despite being severely damaged by a freak hailstorm.

Captain Alexander Akopov was praised after touching down safely, despite having zero visibility out of the plane’s cockpit. The storm had also disabled the Airbus A320’s autopilot.

Here is the frightening footage showing the Atlas Global aircraft, which was carrying 127, struggling to line up with the runway on its final approach.

Video Credit: East to West News

The airliner ran into problems just ten minutes into the flight to Erkan, Cyprus. Captain Akopov, from Ukraine, said he was hugely relieved to have landed safely:

‘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 responsibility.’

The nose cone of the plane was severely damaged by the hail storm.


There was virtually no visibility from the cockpit of the plane, following the heavy hail storm.

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