An Atlas Jet plane made an emergency landing Thursday at the Istanbul Atatürk International Airport after a hailstorm caused severe damaged to its exterior.
The footage showed that the plane landed successfully at the airport thanks to the experienced pilot after it was struck by the summer storm and hail cracked its windshield.
Heavy rainfall disrupted the evening rush hour traffic, stranding vehicles in flooded streets. Delays were reported at Istanbul’s main airport as some planes were diverted to other airports.
Turkish authorities temporarily closed down the Eurasia Tunnel, which connects Istanbul’s Asian and European sides under the Bosporus strait, as a precaution.
It was the second time in 10 days that heavy rain had inundated the streets of Istanbul and wreaked havoc in the sprawling metropolis.
Turkey’s biggest city was hit by a freak storm on Thursday, leaving a number of people injured.
Hailstones the size of golf balls and heavy rain flooded roads, felled trees and brought air traffic and rush hour transport to a standstill.
At least two people were injured in the storm, the Daily Sabah newspaper reported.
Flights from the city’s Ataturk airport, a major regional hub, had been suspended and after a weather battered plane was forced to make an emergency landing.
Parts of the city were pounded by large hail stones and roads were flooded with muddy rainwater. The downpour left some cars and buses submerged or stranded.
Footage from broadcaster Haberturk showed a city bus half submerged near a bridge in the city’s Unkapani district. Some of the passengers left the bus and waded through the flooded road while others climbed on top of the bus’s roof.
Other footage showed waves of hail and rain cascading down the stairs of the Taksim metro station.
Two people were injured when the wall of an old cemetery collapsed near a busy street, the Daily Sabah said.
A large crane toppled at Haydarpasa port, near the southern entrance to the Bosphorus, causing an explosion and a fire that was later brought under control, it said.
It was the second time this month that heavy rains flooded streets and disrupted transport in Istanbul.
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