Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing due to cracked window

Cracked Window Forces Southwest Airlines Jet To Make Emergency Landing

It was inspected last month. The passengers were put on another Southwest flight and arrived in Newark just after 1 p.m., the airline said.

To get passengers to Newark, a flight that was supposed to go from Cleveland to Chicago was delayed so the plane could be used.

- A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Newark, New Jersey, made an unplanned landing Wednesday after a window cracked, the Federal Aviation Administration and passengers said.

The 76 passengers onboard the flight were told to grab their belongings and move to a different plane, after the jet was suddenly diverted. She was seated next to the window that shattered and was partially pulled from the plane before other passengers could come to her rescue.

She later added that the cabin maintained pressure "as there are multiple layers of panes in each window" and no emergency was declared by pilots. Debris from an exploded engine had broken the window, and she was partially pulled form the plane, dying of blunt force trauma to her head, neck and torso.




Photos allegedly taken inside the plane and shared on social media appeared to show a large crack in one of the windows. The pilots did not make an emergency landing, but they did, however, divert the plane to the nearest airport once that window broke.

A cracked window was the reason, and the plane was immediately taken out of service for review. Flight 957 was diverted about two hours after takeoff and landed "uneventfully with no reported injuries", the airline told Newsweek. Southwest estimates the drop in sales will cost it between US$50 million and US$100 million.

FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro, who confirmed no one was hurt, said the organization was investigating the incident.

Paul Upshaw thought of that as he landed in Cleveland. They have not released details of the cause and noted that the incident was a diversion, not an emergency landing (paywall).

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