May 20, 2018

Southwest Jet Makes Emergency Landing Due to Cracked Window

05 May 2018, 01:31 | Kenneth Drake

Donald Trump met with the crew of Southwest Flight 1380 which suffered from an engine failure mid-air

Donald Trump met with the crew of Southwest Flight 1380 which suffered from an engine failure mid-air

Photographs taken by a passenger on Southwest Airlines flight WN957, which took off from Chicago Midway International, show a broken window next to a row of passenger seats.

A Southwest Airlines flight headed to Newark, New Jersey, was forced to divert on Wednesday due to a cracked passenger window.

A spokeswoman at Cleveland International said the Southwest Airlines jet landed at the airport around 11 a.m.

According to Southwest, arrangements are being made to get the 76 passengers on another aircraft to Newark.

It comes just weeks after tragic Jennifer Riordan was killed onboard her flight. "Only outside crack so we're all safe", he tweeted. She died as the plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia 22 minutes later.

The cause of Wednesday's crack in one of the window's multiple panes was not immediately known.

Passengers scurried back away from the window, the cabin pressurisation held, and the Flight 967 diverted to Cleveland.

Airline consultant Robert Mann said windows are periodically polished to remove the formation of tiny cracks in the acrylic windows from exposure to chemicals and the sun's rays.

She wrote: "Window on plane cracked during flight".

The US Federal Aviation Administration will look into what caused the window to crack in the latest case. After being shuttled on another plane, passengers lauded the plane's crew for handling the situation smoothly.

Southwest said the aircraft landed uneventfully and maintained pressurization because each window has multiple layers. They estimated the sales drop cost the airline between $50 million and $100 million.

The National Transportation Security Board is investigating the engine failure and is still looking for debris from the engine.

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