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DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sat Aug 08, 2015 1:50 pm

Late yesterday, DL 1889 from BOS to STL, a A-320, diverted to DEN due to hail damage. Damage included both cockpit front windows, and most of the nose cap damages. Per a ABC network GMA report with pictures I saw at 8:00, and with ATC recordings, the pilots had to land with limited viability, using automated landing programs and under an emergency call. One pax did have minor injuries (most likely to me as not having their seat belt on during the turbulence when hit this storm line) Here is a twitter link with a picture of the damage:
https://twitter.com/rwessman/status/629852479547531268

Of course the usual distress and exaggeration by pax of the near-death situation they were in, but still this was a serious situation and obviously the a/c will out of service for inspection and repairs. Hopefully there wasn't any serious damages to the skin or engines.
 
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DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sat Aug 08, 2015 1:54 pm

Interesting. I also didn't know that DL had a BOS- StL flight.

Edit: just realized that you meant a SLC.

[Edited 2015-08-08 06:55:45]
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DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:27 pm

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/D...9/history/20150807/2130Z/KBOS/KSLC

That's correct not STL should read "SLC"

I didn't know that 32,000 ft can get hail from that high cloud deform hail rainy down to the earth? Whoa

Thanks goodness that cockpit window didn't exploded. Whew...


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Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:20 pm

Kudos to the crew for a job well done.. that damage is crazy
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:32 pm

Would love to see photos of the wings and engines.
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:32 pm

Quoting ltbewr (Thread starter):
Per a ABC network GMA report with pictures I saw at 8:00

Ah yes the same report that said it was a 747 and their reporter was live on the scene. Didn't realize LaGuardia moved to Denver. Oy vey GMA.
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sat Aug 08, 2015 5:48 pm

Unbelievable damage. Safe to assume they used auto land? How the crew could manually land with the wind shield that badly damaged I don't know.
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:05 pm

Ehh throw on a new nose cone and call safelite and she'll be good to go lol. All joking aside, that's some significant damage and great job to the crew in getting the aircraft down safely. Does anyone know where they went through this weather? I assume somewhere a little east of Denver? Would their onboard radar not pick anything up? I'm just trying to figure out how an aircraft at cruise altitude gets stuck going through a hail storm without any deviating or anything like that.
 
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Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:11 pm

The damage on that plane is insane.

I was on DL 4557 operated by SkyWest yesterday and we were headed towards SLC from PHX and we had to divert into St. George due to a storm in SLC. The captain said that SLC was shut down due to the storm. We tried to stay above ground hoping the storm would pass, but we had to divert into St. George to refuel. There were many other diversions during that time as well into St. George.

We eventually fueled up and went for it in SLC. It was quite the turbulence especially on a CRJ.
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:13 pm

Radar loop with aircraft location overlaid from expert at Weather Channel. Yes, hail does occur at that altitude. Depending on the environmental conditions, the main hail growth region is anywhere from 15k-30k. So not surprising they found it there at 35k.
https://twitter.com/StuOstro/status/630046178474770432/photo/1
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:00 pm

Quoting trnswrld (Reply 8):
Would their onboard radar not pick anything up?

While individual cells may be visible, hail is not very reflective, is notoriously difficult to detect with radar, and can be found miles downwind from weather systems. It can be a VERY surprising encounter as you may be clear of the weather by miles and suddenly encounter hail.
 
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Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:13 pm

^^^ gotcha thanks very much for that info.
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:19 pm

Here is a little bit more info from the Denver Post newspaper: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28...ton-makes-emergency-landing-denver
One F/A said it was the worst storm turbulence they had ever been in for 30 years on the job. This is being investigated by the FAA. They hit the storm line at about the Nebraska-Colorado border.
 
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Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:26 pm

No excuse for this incident.........you can get hit by hail up to 20 miles from a T-storm but meterology should have been on this and routed around it, or the crew should have seen it and deviated. From the damage I would say a level 5 storm, easily able to pick the wings off anybody dumb enough to stray in............my guess is the boys up front will be more diligent in the future............
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:31 am

Quoting nkops (Reply 4):

Great job? They clearly did an awful job at weather avoidance. Not to say I blame them for making a mistake since we all do at some point; but don't make them out to be some heros in all of this.
 
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Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:42 am

Quoting vf6cruiser (Reply 15):
No excuse for this incident........
Quoting vf6cruiser (Reply 15):
my guess is the boys up front will be more diligent in the future............
Quoting flight152 (Reply 16):
Great job? They clearly did an awful job at weather avoidance. Not to say I blame them for making a mistake since we all do at some point; but don't make them out to be some heros in all of this.

You two must have been at the brief and in the cockpit for the flight. No probably not, let's wait for some official report/hard facts before you care to share your great wisdom. 
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:50 am

Quoting nkops (Reply 4):
Kudos to the crew for a job well done

Except for the fact that they flew into a hail storm... That they got the plane back on the ground safely is great, and certainly would have been a challenge given the inability to see (but I assume they did a CAT III autoland or something similar, as they were zero-zero given the conditions [at least they weren't in an EMB-145 which would require opening the DV window and sticking your head outside to land!]).

I reserve at least some hope that this wasn't simply poor judgement, but short of a radar malfunction and seriously embedded storms... hard to imagine. True, hail doesn't reflect much back to the radome, so it might look clear between to cells, but all pilots learn about this limitation of radar in training, and the storm cells themselves would have been well defined. This sort of thing is why we have the 20NM rule of thumb around thunderstorms, and if you're going to split two you really ought to have 40NM between the two cells before proceeding through. As hard as it is not to be judgemental, I really shouldn't judge until the investigation is complete and facts come out, because I know that deviations are often within 20NM of storms and it is very much possible that I, or any other pilot, could make a similar mistake. This should more be a reminder to all pilots to respect weather and steer well clear of any hazardous build ups.
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:56 am

Holy crap....I can't believe how extensive that damage looks. No wonder some planes never make it through storms.
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:27 am

Quoting vf6cruiser (Reply 15):
No excuse for this incident.........you can get hit by hail up to 20 miles from a T-storm but meterology should have been on this and routed around it, or the crew should have seen it and deviated. From the damage I would say a level 5 storm, easily able to pick the wings off anybody dumb enough to stray in............my guess is the boys up front will be more diligent in the future............

Who is meterology?

You do realize major storms can develop or change extremely rapidly right? Often in ways that cannot be predicted.
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:59 am

Quoting vf6cruiser (Reply 15):
No excuse for this incident.........you can get hit by hail up to 20 miles from a T-storm but meterology should have been on this and routed around it, or the crew should have seen it and deviated. From the damage I would say a level 5 storm, easily able to pick the wings off anybody dumb enough to stray in............my guess is the boys up front will be more diligent in the future............

It is nice you are authority on metrology. Storms can develop instantaneously without much notice.   
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Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:09 am

Quoting A346Dude (Reply 20):

Who is meterology?

Delta has its own Meteorology department for this very reason. They see it, notify dispatch, who sends an ACARS message to the cre sometimes 100's of miles away to change coarse to avoid it.

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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:42 am

Quoting vf6cruiser (Reply 14):
No excuse for this incident.........you can get hit by hail up to 20 miles from a T-storm but meterology should have been on this and routed around it, or the crew should have seen it and deviated.

According to the news report I read they were being deviated between two cells and reports earlier of some light turbulence. Guess time will tell.

Here you can see where the cells were, doesn't look like they flew "right into it"

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/D...9/history/20150807/2130Z/KBOS/KSLC
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:08 am

Quoting burnsie28 (Reply 22):
doesn't look like they flew "right into it"

Not sure how flightaware works in terms of radar - does it those the most recent image when the plane lands, or as it passes a given point? I honestly don't know how they come up with the imagery once the flight is over, but could it have been that the cell just to the north of the flight path is what they flew through? Otherwise it could have been hail thrown from the storm cell. Again, didn't take much time to look at the scaling, but they do look pretty close to it.
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:10 am

Quoting vf6cruiser (Reply 14):
No excuse for this incident.........you can get hit by hail up to 20 miles from a T-storm but meterology should have been on this and routed around it, or the crew should have seen it and deviated.
Quoting flight152 (Reply 15):
Great job? They clearly did an awful job at weather avoidance.

Were either of you there? If not then I suggest you follow col's advice and reserve judgment until the facts are known. I have no idea how much experience either of you has in radar interpretation and high altitude convective weather flying, but I have a lot, including a lot as PIC on the A-320 series. The truth of the matter is that hail is essentially invisible on radar and can travel 20 or 30 miles outside of an identifiable cell. Further, radar interpretation is a tricky art and if you are IMC even picking out the boundaries of weather can be difficult; we don't even know the location of the aircraft in relation to the weather with surety at this point. I don't know what happened yet, but to paint this in simplistic terms is inaccurate.

Quoting col (Reply 16):
Quoting vf6cruiser (Reply 15):No excuse for this incident........Quoting vf6cruiser (Reply 15):my guess is the boys up front will be more diligent in the future............ Quoting flight152 (Reply 16):Great job? They clearly did an awful job at weather avoidance. Not to say I blame them for making a mistake since we all do at some point; but don't make them out to be some heros in all of this.
You two must have been at the brief and in the cockpit for the flight. No probably not, let's wait for some official report/hard facts before you care to share your great wisdom.

A very sound idea, col.

Quoting adam42185 (Reply 17):
Except for the fact that they flew into a hail storm...

Again, we don't know where the aircraft was in relation to identifiable weather; hail is essentially invisible on radar, and hail shafts can extend miles from cells.

Quoting adam42185 (Reply 17):
I reserve at least some hope that this wasn't simply poor judgement, but short of a radar malfunction and seriously embedded storms... hard to imagine.

Radar malfunction is irrelevant when discussing hail. Hail is for all intents and purposes not visible on a correctly functioning radar.

Quoting burnsie28 (Reply 22):
According to the news report I read they were being deviated between two cells and reports earlier of some light turbulence. Guess time will tell.

Here you can see where the cells were, doesn't look like they flew "right into it"

Thank you for posting that burnsie, and well said. Neither I nor anyone posting here has all the relevant facts at this point. Any judgment whether criticism or praise is not yet justified.

[Edited for spelling.]

[Edited 2015-08-08 20:37:38]
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:10 am

Plenty of questions and investigations underway on Virginia Ave. The Seoul flight incident was a different deal because of Chinese ATC being despondent - this should never happen in the US with the tech and tools at hand.
 
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Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:19 am

Quoting n7371f (Reply 25):
Plenty of questions and investigations underway on Virginia Ave. The Seoul flight incident was a different deal because of Chinese ATC being despondent - this should never happen in the US with the tech and tools at hand.

You are correct that it is fundamentally different from the 744 with the Chinese ATC issues involved, but while it's nice to think we have the "tech and tools" available to avoid hail, the reality is different. I am guessing that most if not all pilots who fly for major airlines have flown through hail on multiple occasions. It is quite far flung, can, in fact, be in the clear, is practically invisible on radar and frequently comes and goes very quickly without warning. Good radar interpretation skills are certainly important, but they are by no means foolproof. I'm making no excuses for this incident or others like it; investigations are surely ongoing as you say, but the situation is far more complex and nuanced than has been stated on this thread in numerous places.
 
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Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:20 am

Anyone know the Ship this happened to?? Sad to see her in such poor shape. I probably have been inside that A320 many times. Glad all is well though. Hope she returns to service soon.
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:43 am

Quoting PGNCS (Reply 24):
Radar malfunction is irrelevant when discussing hail. Hail is for all intents and purposes not visible on a correctly functioning radar.

Understood, I meant more in the sense that the cell itself wasn't visible. Even if the hail isn't visible outside of the storm cell, there would still be enough moisture within the cell to give a return. Regardless, the idea that the onboard radar malfunctioned and ATC also didn't see anything is fairly remote. I'm guessing it was night when the plane was passing the weather (based on the pictures, not sure how long after they landed those were), which leads me to believe they were embedded, because you would see the lightening flashes quite clearly otherwise and know to avoid.
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:54 am

Quoting wxmeddler (Reply 10):
Radar loop with aircraft location overlaid from expert at Weather Channel. Yes, hail does occur at that altitude. Depending on the environmental conditions, the main hail growth region is anywhere from 15k-30k. So not surprising they found it there at 35k.
https://twitter.com/StuOstro/status/630046178474770432/photo/1

Based on that overlay the crew probably thought they could make it through, between the storm cells to the north and the cells to the south. By the time they got there, however, those two cells conjoined and they were right in the thick of it.
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:09 am

That plane will probably need a full C-level maintenance check before it flies on an operational flight again.
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:13 am

To hit hail like that I am thinking it was a really rough ride and scary to be onboard not passengers exaggerating here, look at that damage.

Denver is famous for its turbulence i feel like so many planes stop in denver hitting turbulance. The question seems to be why no one saw how severe this weather was
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:25 am

Wow, that's some serious damage. You can't get much worse without a crash. Good to see it land safely.

Quoting kevin752 (Reply 27):
Anyone know the Ship this happened to?? Sad to see her in such poor shape. I probably have been inside that A320 many times. Glad all is well though. Hope she returns to service soon.

FlightAware and Flightradar have it as N332NW. It's an old one (1992). If the damage is significant, it wouldn't surprise me to see it retired.
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:44 am

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 30):
That plane will probably need a full C-level maintenance check before it flies on an operational flight again.

Lol.

No it won't.

Quoting adam42185 (Reply 17):
all pilots learn about this limitation of radar in training, and the storm cells themselves would have been well defined. This sort of thing is why we have the 20NM rule of thumb around thunderstorms, and if you're going to split two you really ought to have 40NM between the two cells before proceeding through.

Indeed.

Particularly when there is an anvil and/or large overhang present in the cloud.
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:21 am

Using some of the logic above, the FAA should probably just shut down everything south of the Mason Dixon Line and especially everything south of the Florida-Georgia line after 1200 in the summer...

Some food for thought:

These pilots were threading the needle, which is done hundreds, if no thousands of times a day, and were really unlucky. Ever been on a plane, look out the window, and get to admire a thunderstorm over the plains; better yet, seatbelt sign comes on, pilot says there's some weather "in the area" and "it will be a little bit bumpy, so as a precaution we are sitting the flight attendants down?" Likely, you are being diverted through weather.

As a pilot, you balance risks. Sometimes we could avoid the storms by a wide margin, sometimes by too close a margin. Sometimes we were being chased off the runway by a storm, sometimes it was magenta on the other side of the airport, especially at DIA, and everyone was landing and taking off on the other two or three runways, watching for wind sheer, listening for the alerts from tower, and a hairtrigger on the TOGA button. Diversions happened when it was truly unsafe, not just when it was a bit scary to the pax because there was lightning and wind in the area (we'd probably never fly).

Should they have avoided this one by a larger margin. Maybe.

Should the aircraft ahead of them, who seem to have arrived at their destination without issue, done the same?
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:27 am

Quoting NWAROOSTER (Reply 20):
Storms can develop instantaneously without much notice.

Storms can't really develop "instantaneously". They can develop quickly, but it's not instant or without notice. Pilots have warning that conditions are favorable for a storm, and in this case the pilots appear to have known that they were trying to punch a hole through a group of cells.

Time will tell what really happened here, but there are kneejerk reactions appearing on *both* side of the issue in this thread.
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:30 am

A Mormon saying too many hail Mary's?   

Good thing no serious damage to anyone but the plane.
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:42 am

It's quite possible that DEN ATC was well aware of the storm system and had been routing other flights thru this gap, with no one reporting any significant WX issues. DL 1889 may have been the only flight to encounter the closed gap and ensuing hailstorm. More than likely wrong place wrong time. Later traffic probably routed farther south.
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Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:57 am

Quoting flight152 (Reply 15):

Not sure where I called them heroes, but they got a crippled aircraft on the ground safely, so they did a good job...... whether or not they put themselves in that situation remains to be seen.
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Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:03 pm

It doesn't look like written off. It can be repaired replace radome and windshields. Hope Airbus 320 can fly again soon.

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Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:30 pm

This is the 3rd incident during this summer with DL and HAIL damage !!!!
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:40 pm

DL 744 in Japan, A320 in DEN and one more where and when?

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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:04 pm

There may be some minor dents and dimples on the body, apparently no major engine damage, nothing to stop this a/c from a few more years of service. Still this incident does raise significant issues of ops in such conditions that need to be examined and perhaps some changes made in pilot training and flight ops management by the airlines.
 
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Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:40 pm

Whats the word on the 744? Sent to retirement living in the desert?
 
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Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:54 pm

Quoting PGNCS (Reply 24):
Were either of you there? If not then I suggest you follow col's advice and reserve judgment until the facts are known. I have no idea how much experience either of you has in radar interpretation and high altitude convective weather flying, but I have a lot, including a lot as PIC on the A-320 series. The truth of the matter is that hail is essentially invisible on radar and can travel 20 or 30 miles outside of an identifiable cell. Further, radar interpretation is a tricky art and if you are IMC even picking out the boundaries of weather can be difficult; we don't even know the location of the aircraft in relation to the weather with surety at this point. I don't know what happened yet, but to paint this in simplistic terms is inaccurate.
Quoting PGNCS (Reply 26):
You are correct that it is fundamentally different from the 744 with the Chinese ATC issues involved, but while it's nice to think we have the "tech and tools" available to avoid hail, the reality is different. I am guessing that most if not all pilots who fly for major airlines have flown through hail on multiple occasions. It is quite far flung, can, in fact, be in the clear, is practically invisible on radar and frequently comes and goes very quickly without warning. Good radar interpretation skills are certainly important, but they are by no means foolproof. I'm making no excuses for this incident or others like it; investigations are surely ongoing as you say, but the situation is far more complex and nuanced than has been stated on this thread in numerous places.

Thanks for sharing your highly appreciated insight on this matter. It is always good to hear from actual experienced pilots regarding such intense situations.
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Sun Aug 09, 2015 5:01 pm

Quoting kevin752 (Reply 27):
Anyone know the Ship this happened to?? Sad to see her in such poor shape. I probably have been inside that A320 many times. Glad all is well though. Hope she returns to service soon.

From the clear pic in washingtonflyer's post/link, it looks like ship 3232.
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:42 am

Quoting washingtonflyer (Reply 44):
Whats the word on the 744? Sent to retirement living in the desert

Flown to the desert a month ago.
http://www.bizjournals.com/twincitie...4us-boeing-747-boneyard-pinal.html

Nothing official at that time on retirement or returning to service.
http://www.bizjournals.com/twincitie...747-hail-damage-repair-n664us.html
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:37 am

Here is a daylight photo of the aircraft at the gate, in the morning after it arrived:

http://bilder.bild.de/fotos-skaliert...3438-42126454/2,w=985,c=0.bild.jpg


Photo source: German tabloid BILD
 
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RE: DL1889 BOS-SLC 8/7 Diverts To DEN-Hail Damage

Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:56 am

Quoting Q (Reply 40):
It doesn't look like written off. It can be repaired replace radome and windshields. Hope Airbus 320 can fly again soon.

Q

Leading edges on wing and engines are dented up too - take a look at the hanger photo. I assume the tail leading edge is also affected.

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