Damaged aircraft makes emergency touchdown in Paraguay after extreme climate

(CNN) — A LATAM Airways aircraft was broken touring from Santiago, Chile, to Asunción, Paraguay, and needed to make an emergency touchdown at Silvio Pettirossi Worldwide Airport on Wednesday after experiencing “severe weather conditions during its flight path,” the airline instructed CNN in an announcement on Thursday.

“Passengers and crew are safe and well,” the assertion mentioned, including the airline regretted “any inconvenience this weather situation may have caused to its passengers.”

Telefuturo, a CNN affiliate, reported that 48 individuals have been touring on the flight.

The photographs obtained by the station present the broken plane with its nostril lacking and its windshield smashed.

The Common Directorate of Civil Aviation of Chile reported in an announcement Thursday that the Paraguayan aviation authorities have initiated an investigation and {that a} staff of specialists from the Chilean entity “will be integrated on the ground to collaborate with this investigative process.”

CNN en Español reached out to the Paraguayan Nationwide Directorate of Civil Aeronautics on Thursday for extra info however has not but acquired a response.

Scary flight for passenger

“Near Asunción the terrible turbulence began and people already started to panic and then the pilot tells us to prepare for an emergency landing,” passenger Pabla Thomen instructed a personal radio station, Monumental AM 1080, on Thursday.

Thomen added that she bought scared and hugged her daughter throughout the turbulence and at one level her seat belt got here undone. She was capable of put her seat belt again on with the assistance of one other passenger.

The lady additionally indicated within the phone interview that at one level she was “saying goodbye to her daughter, telling her that she loved her, adored her and that they would always be together.”

Prime picture: This LATAM aircraft landed with nostril harm in Paraguay. (From Telefuturo)