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Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Cleveland after window cracked

Posted at 2:40 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 16:40:02-04

CHICAGO — A Southwest Airlines flight heading from Chicago to Newark was forced to make an emergency landing in Cleveland on Wednesday, after a window apparently cracked on the plane, according to CBS Chicago.

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. 

Southwest Airlines said the crew decided to land in Cleveland "for maintenance review of one of the multiple layers of a window plane."

"The aircraft has been taken out of service for maintenance review, and our local Cleveland Employees are working diligently to accommodate the 76 Customers on a new aircraft to Newark," the airline said in a statement.

Several passengers have shared pictures of the broken window on Twitter.

Just last month, a Southwest jet apparently blew an engine and got hit by shrapnel, smashing a window. One passenger died and seven others were injured. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman Robert Sumwalt said it was the first passenger fatality in a U.S. airline since 2009.

On Monday, President Trump met with the crew, and praised them for their "great character" and quick reactions.

See also: Southwest plane makes emergency landing after engine fire

See also: NTSB: Engine in deadly Southwest jet incident missing a fan blade

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