Investigating cracks in airplane windows

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

The plane, which was traveling from Chicago to Newark, N.J., landed in Cleveland at 11:45 a.m., although the damage did not affect the pressure inside the plane, Southwest said. "We didn't know if it was going to crack open".

"The actions of the crew and passengers of Southwest Flight 1380 show the great character of our nation", Trump said from the Oval Office, adding that Captain Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, did an "incredible job" landing the distressed aircraft. Airplane windows are rather durable and are made up of multiple layers.

The plane, which had departed from La Guardia Airport in NY and was bound for Dallas, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Flight 957 was diverted about two hours after takeoff and landed "uneventfully with no reported injuries", the airline told Newsweek. With that said, it is understandable that when another flight's window broke mid-flight Wednesday, it caused a bit of a panic.

The aircraft was taken out of service and a spokesperson for the airlines said there were no other mechanical problems with the passenger jet.

Passenger Jennifer Riordan was partially sucked out of the plane when debris moving at high speeds blew out the window. Southwest said it has not found any cracks on fan blades inspected since the accident. "All of a sudden, we heard an explosion and I come to find out that the engine exploded on the left side of the plane".




The Associated Press reports that the timing of Wednesday's incident could hardly be worse for the carrier.

There was no depressurization in the cabin, and therefore the oxygen masks were not deployed, FAA spokesman Greg Martin said. The airline estimates the drop in sales will cost it between $50 million (€42 million) and $100 million.

He says the pilots were right to make a quick landing.

Philadelphia's medical examiner said Ms Riordan died of blunt impact trauma to her head, neck and torso.

Federal authorities have ordered inspections of more jet engines like the one that blew apart at 32,000 feet two weeks back. Seventy-six people were on board the flight.

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