Delta 747 pelted with hail flying over China

Rachael Kennedy
Rachael Kennedy

A Delta Boeing 747-400 was pelted with hail while flying over China, screaming passengers included. TAP TO VIEW PHOTOS

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported the 26-year-old plane was called “The Spirit of Beijing” while it was owned by Northwest Airlines. It was in-flight from Detroit to Seoul about two weeks ago when it encountered the hail more than 2 hours away from South Korea’s Incheon International Airport. Apparently, hundreds of passengers were told to buckle up, and proceeded to scream as the plane endured the storm.

Full story: Hail pummels Delta 747 over China

The passengers were rewarded 15,000 miles to compensate for the ordeal, but Delta reported no injuries and “no substantial damage” to the plane, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said.

A Boeing 747-400 retired by Delta in 2014 will replace the damaged plane.

Note: A previous version of this story said the hail-pelted plane had made it to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, however, it is still in South Korea at last check.


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