A Southwest Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing after a window cracked mid-flight. The airline said no one was injured in the incident with the crack affecting one of multiple layers of the window pane. This followed two weeks after another Southwest jet made an emergency landing when an engine blowout caused shrapnel to puncture a window, causing a passenger to become partially sucked out of the plane. There were no reports of injuries after Wednesday’s Flight 957, flying from Chicago to New Jersey, landed safely at Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport.
A passenger who died after being partially sucked out of a Southwest jet window in April was the airline’s first fatality, knocking the Dallas-based firm from its position as the safest airline in the world by passengers flown. She was named as Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old mother-of-two. The banking executive was travelling home to her family following a business trip when she was hit by shrapnel after the Boeing 737 blew an engine at 32,000ft on a flight from New York to Dallas.