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Southwest Airlines plane with broken window makes emergency landing

The crew of Southwest Flight 957, with scheduled service from Chicago Midway International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport diverted the plane to Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport after one of the multiple layers of a window pane broke during the flight.
The crew of Southwest Flight 957, with scheduled service from Chicago Midway International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport diverted the plane to Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport after one of the multiple layers of a window pane broke during the flight. Courtesy

Southwest Airlines had to divert a flight headed from Chicago to Newark on Wednesday morning after a window pane shattered during the flight.

According to a statement from Southwest Airlines, the crew of Southwest Flight 957 from Chicago Midway International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport made the decision to divert the plane to Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport for maintenance review of one of the multiple layers of a window pane.

Southwest officials said the flight carrying 81 passengers landed uneventfully in Cleveland.

This news comes a little more than two weeks after an Albuquerque woman was killed when a Southwest Airlines' engine failed on Flight 1380 and sent parts crashing through her window on April 17. The plane, also a Boeing 737, was en route from New York to Dallas and had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

Passenger Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque was partially sucked out of the plane and passengers had to pull her back in, according to reports.

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

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump met with the crew members of Flight 1380 at the White House, praising their bravery in landing the damaged plane with 149 passengers aboard. Trump also offered prayers for Riordan's family.

Southwest said that during Wednesday's incident the aircraft was able to maintain pressurization in the cabin due to the multiple layers of panes in each window. According to a spokeswoman from the airline, Flight 957 is a Boeing 737-700. Flight 1380 that had the fan blade failure was also a Boeing 737-700.

Southwest says Flight 957 has been taken out of service for a maintenance review.

According to a Southwest spokeswoman, passengers booked on Flight 957 landed in Newark on another aircraft at about 1:10 p.m.

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