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American Airlines plane damaged by bad weather over Texas

DALLAS (AP) — An American Airlines plane made an emergency landing after hail damaged the windshield, nose and a cockpit side window.

One of the pilots said they could barely see through the windshield.

The airline says no injuries were reported after the Sunday night flight from San Antonio, Texas, to Phoenix landed in El Paso, Texas. There were 130 passengers and five crew members. Another plane finished the trip to Phoenix a few hours later.

An airline spokesman said Monday that the plane was awaiting repairs.

Passenger Jesus Esparza told KENS-TV in San Antonio he saw lightning and hail and the plane dropped “like a rollercoaster.” He gave a sickness bag to another passenger who had already used one.

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