Southwest Flight 957 makes unplanned landing with broken window

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory told CNN that Southwest flight 957 from Midway to Newark landed safely in Cleveland, after a report of an issue with a window aboard the aircraft. "We didn't know if it was going to crack open". The crew never declared an emergency in the plane and the cabin did not depressurize.

"Window on plane cracked during flight".

The plane had been in the air for two hours when it made an unexpected landing at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport "for maintenance review of one of the multiple layers of a window pane".

The plane, which had departed from La Guardia Airport in NY and was bound for Dallas, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

'The flight landed uneventfully in Cleveland.

Some of the plane's 76 passengers told The Associated Press that the crew quickly checked the window near an emergency exit and handled the situation smoothly.

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

Cal DeNyse, who was on the Southwest flight that was diverted Wednesday, said that although he heard other passengers talking about last month's episode, most were fairly calm. While he notes that a full investigation of Flight 1380 is warranted, he believes what happened with Flight 957 was likely a freak incident. That plane was diverted to Philadelphia en route from NY to Dallas after the jet's left-side engine exploded at about 30,000 feet.

A photo taken by a passenger shows a window near the main wing broken with a vertical crack.

The timing of the incident could hardly be worse for Dallas-based Southwest, the nation's fourth-biggest airline.

Southwest has estimated a drop in sales as a result of the high-profile accident will cost it between $US50 million and $US100 million. After the April 17 incident, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered mandatory inspections of certain variants of the CFM56-7B engines, including its fan blades. Seventy-six people were on board the flight.

  • Eleanor Harrison