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Southwest flight with broken windshield makes emergency landing at KMCI

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Southwest Airlines jet was forced to make an emergency landing at KCI Wednesday night. The Boeing 737's windshield broke mid-flight after taking off from Washington D.C.'s Reagan National Airport. Two WWII veterans being recognized in Leavenworth this week were on board (www.kmbc.com) Mehr...

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joelwiley
joel wiley 4
Here is the flight:
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/SWA718/history/20181128/2150Z/KDCA/KMCI

Flight profile doesn't look much different than the one the previous Friday.
When did it crack? Was it on descent, or did it not rise to a critical level?
Local Fox Station reported landing with no emergency declared:
https://fox4kc.com/2018/11/28/southwest-airlines-lands-at-kci-with-broken-windshield/
Another local station with video. MX staff with extra workload. SWA 718 went on to KHOU with another bird:
https://www.kctv5.com/news/flight-landed-in-kci-with-a-broken-windshield/article_6ca4231a-f36f-11e8-97c7-cff80a8d02bf.html
masonite
masonite 1
I'm shocked the flight to HOU was only delayed 35 minutes.
SteveCutchen
Steve Cutchen 1
Might have been a goose, though...
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Makes you wonder when they reported the windshield to corporate, doesn't it?
williambaker08
william baker 1
That it does, however I heard they had a replacement plane in Kci which could have been used in the replacement to Houston??
bjohnson09
Bryce Johnson 3
Flight was going to MCI to begin with. Outer pane was the one that shattered so there was no structural issue and no emergency was declared.
weatherman04
weatherman04 2
The story updated to include more information since I initially posted.
FredDeMetz
Fred DeMetz 1
Flew out of Washington National alot decades ago. Lots of birds on the field due to close proximity of Potomac River. They used to fire off loud gun-like blasts to scare the birds off. I believe a goose in the engine might be worse than one on the windshield. Glad all landed well.
TexasKid747
JW Wilson 1
"...multiple redundant layers..." Translation: "2" Aviation "news" reporting at its best.

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