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Delta 747 Destroyed By Hail on Detroit to Seoul Flight

Delta 747 Destroyed By Hail on Detroit to Seoul Flight

UPDATE: Delta unretired a 747 from the Arizona desert to replace this damaged aircraft and on its first transatlantic mission made an emergency landing in Ireland. Click for more.

Damaged Delta 747 will never fly again!

Have you seen photos of this hail damaged Delta Airlines Boeing 747 ? Delta flight 159 (N664US), which departed from Detroit to Seoul on June 16th, was heavily damaged after flying through severe weather which included a hail storm.

Nose Cone Damage

Delta Airlines 747 hail damaged on flight from Detroit to Seoul

Via Twitter — Photos from Instagram user: garwade

Wing Damage (holes on wing are visible below the Korean Airlines planes)

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Although details are very sketchy, it seems that there is not only damage to the aircraft’s nose cone but to wing surfaces as well. There are reports that Chinese ATC did not provide the Delta pilots a routing around the storm. There has been no flight activity reported on this aircraft since it landed in Seoul on June 17th.

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Aviation professionals, experts and enthusiasts have been weighing in via social media and many feel the aircraft will be written off as a total loss due to its age and scheduled date of retirement.

Info on Delta 747 caught in hail storm. N664US planefinderdata.cnet

Watch for very similar coverage of this story soon on ABC !


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