Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing due to cracked window


On Wednesday, Southwest Airlines Flight 957 was forced to divert to Cleveland after the outside pane on one of its windows failed.

The flight, Southwest 957, was traveling to Newark Liberty International Airport from Chicago Midway International Airport with 76 passengers on board.

The incident comes after Jennifer Riordan, 43, died when the engine on a Dallas-bound Southwest plane exploded mid-air and smashed a window, nearly sucking her out of the aircraft.

The spokesperson continued, "The flight landed uneventfully in Cleveland".

The Boeing 737-700 "has been taken out of service for maintenance review", Southwest said in a statement.

"My heart sank for a second...and when I got to the back of the plane I realized, OK, we have pressure, there's not cracking noise", O'Grady says.

That plane was headed to Dallas from New York City's LaGuardia AIrport when it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. 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.

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Today's incident has passengers reporting they heard something hit the plane, much like the last incident.

A witness told website that some people were crying hysterically, while the crew acted very professionally.

Despite their terrifying ordeal, passengers were quick to praise the crew-especially the pilot-for the safe emergency landing. She was one of the first female fighter pilots in the US military and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander before leaving active duty.

Passenger Alejandro Aguina said the crack was located on the "outside". Southwest in a statement said no emergency landing was declared.

Around 11:20 a.m., the plane landed in Philadelphia to applause from passengers who informed their friends and families by phone that they were OK.

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