A Boeing 767-300 encounters a severe hailstorm shortly after taking off from Milan.

Significant damage reported on the aircraft, including to the engine and wings.

Pilots make an emergency landing at Rome Fiumicino just an hour after departure.

MILAN — A Delta Boeing 767-300 departing from Milan to New York JFK faced the unexpected wrath of Mother Nature when it flew directly into a hailstorm. The ensuing turbulence wasn't the only challenge; hailstones left visible marks, denting the wings and even compromising the radome and an engine.

Quick thinking and putting safety first, the flight crew declared an emergency situation. Deciding against continuing their transatlantic journey, they rerouted, making a precautionary landing in Rome Fiumicino just about 60 minutes post takeoff.