American Airlines Airbus jet emergency landing with cracked windshield

The tails of four American Airlines passenger planes are seen at Miami International Airport in Miami

A flight heading to Phoenix from San Antonio, Texas, was forced to land in El Paso due to damage from a hail storm.

An American Airlines plane made an emergency landing after hail damaged the windshield and caused some passengers to throw up. Another plane finished the trip to Phoenix a few hours later.

Reports said the plane's nose and windshield were damaged during the flight.

Esparaza said passengers observed lighting outside their windows during the flight and said it sounded like the plane was being pelted with hail.

"I don't know if it was coming head-on or sideways, but we could hear it and we did see lightning", passenger Jesus Esparza told local San Antonio station KENS 5.

The plane was flying above Ruidoso when it circled back and headed toward El Paso.

'The aircraft is now being evaluated by our maintenance team, ' American Airlines said in a statement. None of the 130 passengers or five crew members were injured, and the plane was able to taxi normally to the gate, the airline said in a statement.

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