What happens when you fly a 747 through a hail storm at 500 miles/hour? Very, very bad things. Check out these photos of a Delta 747 on the ground in Korea after just such an experience.
Okay, so the radome on the nose is beaten up pretty badly. But it is mostly designed to do that. The wings, on the other hand, are not really supposed to be abused like this.
The flight was DL159 on 16 June 2015 from Detroit to Seoul. The aircraft (N664US) has not flown since then and it is rumored it will be scrapped in Seoul rather than repaired to fly out. Delta had already retired a few 744s to the desert and one was recently pulled out of retirement to help get the fleet back to normal.
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