Southwest Flight Diverted To Cleveland For Cracked Window

Tammie Jo Shults was called a hero for her calm reaction to the Southwest Airlines emergency landing

KEVIN GARBER AP Tammie Jo Shults was called a hero for her calm reaction to the Southwest Airlines emergency landing

Southwest flight WN957 was flying from Chicago Midway to Newark Liberty airport when the crack was spotted and it diverted to Cleveland-Hopkins airport where it made a standard landing.

The incident, on Flight 957 from Chicago to Newark, came just two weeks after an engine on another Southwest plane exploded a shattered a window, resulting in the death of passenger Jennifer Riordan.

Now, as New Mexico community continues to mourn the life lost in the bad accident, another Southwestern Airline flight had to divert and make an unscheduled landing after one of its windows cracked.

A Twitter user posted photos of the broken window at 11:14 a.m.

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A Southwest Airlines spokesperson said the crew made the "unscheduled stop" for a maintenance review of the potential crack.

"She went running back right away, saw it, and everybody cleared out from those couple of rows", he said.

There were no other mechanical problems with the Boeing 737, which was taken out of service, King said.

Passengers on the plane told U.S. media there was no panic and people in the row near the window moved to other seats. "Everything ok but scary", one of her texts read. The plane, also a Boeing 737, was en route from NY to Dallas and had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

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Southwest says Flight 957 has been taken out of service for a maintenance review. Just heard loud noise.

"My sense is that it's very rare for a cabin window to have that issue", said Richard Healing, a former National Transportation Safety Board member who now leads consulting firm Air Safety Engineering. ABIA officials said they do not use FlightAware, but rather their own Federal Aviation Administration system, so they could not comment on the report either.

It was Southwest's first passenger death and the first death on a US airline in more than nine years.

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Froome - victor of the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana a year ago - suffered cuts and grazes in the crash. Dumoulin said he could not have wished for a better start after making a statement on day one.

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