Southwest Airline is having a bad month. It has been only a few short weeks since the tragic April 17th incident in which a jet blew an engine and shrapnel caused a cabin window to break and suck a passenger partway out the window. The passenger, Jennifer Riordan died from her injuries.
Now, another eerily similar incident has occurred and is sending shockwaves throughout the airline industry.
According to CNN, “Southwest Flight 957 from Chicago to Newark, New Jersey, made an emergency landing Wednesday after a window cracked, passengers said."
The Boeing 737 “was diverted to Cleveland, Ohio, after a report of an issue with a window aboard the aircraft," Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said.
It landed safely at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Cory said.
The New York Post reports, “The jet was flying at 26,000 feet over Lake Erie at 514 mph when it was suddenly diverted, Flight Aware shows.”
According to a Southwest spokesperson, the decision was made to divert the plane “for maintenance review of one of the multiple layers of a window pane.”
“The flight landed uneventfully in Cleveland,” she said. “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.”
There were no reported injuries in this latest mishap with U.S.’s most popular and profitable airline.
This is a developing story. More details will be forthcoming.
To refresh your memory about the fatal April 17th incident, watch the video, below,