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Delta pilots safely land jet after cockpit windshield cracks mid-flight in US

A Delta airlines flight was forced to land in Denver after the plane’s windshield cracked 90 minutes into the voyage to Washington, D.C.


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The cockpit windshield of a Delta Airlines flight from Salt Lake City to Washington, D.C. cracked mid-flight on Friday, 1 April. The pilots managed to safely land the plane after diverting to Denver.


According to the Associated Press (AP), the Delta flight crew announced the diversion to the 198 passengers aboard approximately 90 minutes into the flight, shortly after the plane reached cruising altitude – above 30 000 feet (9140 metres).

“They came on the loudspeaker saying that the windshield had shattered, and we were diverting to Denver in about 10 minutes,” said Rachel Wright, a passenger, to local television station KUTV.

Passengers caught a glimpse of the windshield once they landed in Denver. A photograph shows that though the glass was riddled with cracks it remained in its frame.

KUTV reported that commercial airline pilots said jetliner windshields can be five centimetres thick.

Delta confirmed the crack on Friday but added that the cause had not been determined.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the flight crew diverted into Denver and the plane landed routinely. Our team worked quickly to accommodate customers on a new plane, and we sincerely apologize for the delay and inconvenience to their travel plans,” said Delta in a statement.