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A Delta Airlines Boeing 757 landed so roughly that its metal fuselage was bent out of shape by the impact.
The ‘hard landing’ happened on flight number 414 from New York’s JFK Airport as it arrived at its destination of Ponta Delgada in the Azores on Sunday morning.
No-one was injured in the rough landing, but photos shared on Twitter showed the jet’s roof and fuselage towards the front of the plane badly crumpled.
One of the plane’s wings was also damaged, and appeared to have a large ‘wrinkle’ running along its strong metal length.
It saw the return trip to New York – set to have been flown by the same plane – canceled.
Delta has now scheduled two return flights from Ponta Delgada on Monday to help get passengers stranded by the earlier flight to the United States.
It is unclear what caused the hard landing, or whether the affected plane will be able to be repaired.
Metro US has contacted Delta Airlines for a comment.