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Alaska Airlines passengers scream as plane makes hard landing amid Tropical Storm Hilary: ‘Sparks outside’

An Alaska Airlines flight made a hard landing amid Tropical Storm Hilary late Sunday, shooting sparks on the runway at John Wayne Airport in Southern California. 

Terrified passengers screamed as Flight 1288 from Seattle to Santa Ana in Orange County slammed into the ground at high speed, a video posted on YouTube shows. The plane appears to drag its left wing along the tarmac, causing sparks to fly into the torrential downpour. 

“Why are we going so fast?” one person can be heard asking as the plane rapidly descends in the video. 

“Brace,” someone else says as it becomes clear the pilot is not slowing the craft down. A loud crunch can be heard as the plane makes contact with the runway, provoking screams and cries of terror from passengers.

Hilary has already claimed at least one life in Mexico after a family of five was swept into the sea while crossing a stream in the Baja California Sur state, according to local officials.

States of emergency were declared in both California and Nevada due to the storm’s effects, and FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell spoke with both California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Nevada Gov. Joseph Lombardo ahead of the storm to offer the federal agency’s assistance.

FOX Weather’s Steven Yablonski and Emilee Speck contributed to this report.

Chris Pandolfo is a writer for Fox News Digital. Send tips to chris.pandolfo@fox.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisCPandolfo.

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