Hail Forces Plane to Make Emergency Landing at Denver International Airport

Pilots had to rely on the plane's automatic landing capabilities due to the lack of visibility during the hail storm.
1:59 | 08/08/15

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Transcript for Hail Forces Plane to Make Emergency Landing at Denver International Airport
But we want to start with the shocking image out of Denver overnight. Look at the damage to this plane which flew through a hail storm and nearly didn't make it. The windshield is shattered. The passengers didn't think they were going to make it. And the pilot himself. ABC's Mary Bruce is on the story. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning. Well, we all know how scary it could be to fly through choppy weather. This was so severe. Passengers tell us this morning they feel lucky to be alive ov overnight a terrifying emergency landing at Denver international airport. Hail pounding on to this packed delta jet smashing the windshield so badly pilots couldn't see enough to land. We have a visibility problem. Be advised both our windshields have significant damage. Passengers on board this flight telling us they feared for their lives. People holding hands and others cries. There were kids that were crying. I was nervous messaging my wife. This is pretty scary. Reporter: The hail ripping through the metal nose of the plane causing damage to the crucial gps systems the pilots rely on for landings. I didn't realize we were in as much danger as we were until we got on the ground and saw the damage to the plane and then I realized we were lucky to be alive. Reporter: The Boeing 747 was able to land safely thanks to the pilot's quick thinking. Very nice job sir. Turn left, taxi near that first high speed and then taxi. Reporter: Those onboard say team work and bravery are the reasons they're alive. Just one passenger taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Takeoff and landing are the trickiest part of any flight. To imagine being the pilot having to do it blind. Pretty remarkable. And pretty frightening.

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