Southwest Flight Diverted After Cabin Window Cracks

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Southwest Airlines pilot Tammie Jo Shults who skilfully landed a Southwest Airlines plane after it lost an engine in flight

Southwest Airlines said the flight, from Chicago's Midway Airport to Newark Liberty International, had 81 passengers aboard.

It comes two weeks after a woman was killed after being partially sucked out a window on a Southwest flight.

Boeing declined to identify the supplier that manufactured the windows on its 737-700s, the model involved in Wednesday's incident and last month's fatal accident.

A Southwest Airlines flight en route to New Jersey was diverted to Cleveland after the discovery of a cracked window, according to the New York Post. Southwest employees in Cleveland were working with the flight's 76 passengers on Wednesday afternoon to get them booked on new flights.

Another passenger, Pam Howen, thanked crew members for ensuring everyone was safe.

Another passenger, Linda Holley, texted her son Ryan with a picture of the damaged window, telling him: 'Window on plane cracked during flight. The statement says its aircraft windows have multiple panes and no emergency was declared. "My moms plane just had to divert and land in #Cleveland cuz of another window crack". The second plane landed only an hour later than the flight was originally supposed to land.

The aircraft was taken out of service and a spokesperson for the airlines said there were no other mechanical problems with the passenger jet. The FAA is now investigating the incident, it has been confirmed. The airline estimates the drop in sales will cost it between $50 million (€42 million) and $100 million.

Southwest said it was reviewing "a potential crack to the outer pane of a window".

Since then the airline has been canceling a portion of flights so their aircraft can undergo maintenance reviews. 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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