A United Airlines Airbus A320-200 has returned to Chicago O’Hare with numerous windshield cracks, after the aircraft was struck by hail on climb. The 20-year-old A320, registered N462UA, was operating a flight to Washington Dulles at the time.
After taking off from Chicago Runway 22L on Monday, the aircraft flew through hail, causing the left-hand windshield to suffer multiple cracks, according to an AvHerald report.
The flight crew opted to stop the climb at approximately 15,000 feet, they then returned to Chicago for a safe landing on Runway 28C about 30 minutes after departure.
United arranged a replacement A320, which reached Washington with a delay of two hours & 45 minutes.
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