Agence France-PresseNovember 13, 2013 19:20
A violent hailstorm forced a Paris-bound Air France Boeing 747 to turn back to Rio shortly after take off, officials said Wednesday.
"We had the impression the cabin was being strafed with hailstones and there was violent turbulence. I was scared to death," Benjamin Cano, travelling in business class, told AFP by telephone following the mid-air drama late Tuesday.
In a statement, Air France said the captain had elected to head back to Rio after the hailstones damaged a windshield.