During a flight from Salt Lake City to Washington DC on March 31, a Delta Air Lines windshield shattered mid-air, forcing an emergency touchdown in Denver. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Delta Flight 760 landed safely at Denver International Airport round 11 am native time. The reason behind the windshield crack is unknown, however the FAA says it should examine.
In a tweet, Kirk Knowlton posted a photograph of the cracked windshield, displaying a closely fractured piece, and stating that the crack occurred “spontaneously,” with the crew safely touchdown the airplane shortly after.
The Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200 concerned on this incident took off from Salt Lake City at 10:08 native time with 198 passengers on board. The flight was purported to land at Washington Dulles round 15:50 native time, nonetheless, the flight was diverted to the Denver International Airport after the incident.
Many passengers took photos of the shattered cockpit window after touchdown in Denver. These photos went viral on Twitter. After a several-hour delay, passengers had been in a position to board one other airplane in Denver to journey to Washington, which landed at 21:41 native time.
We had been on our option to the ACC assembly when it was introduced that we would wish to make an unplanned touchdown in Denver as a result of the windscreen cracked. Apparently it was spontaneous. Fortunately, we landed safely and are about to get again in air. We are grateful for protected flights pic.twitter.com/lK6kq5UiY2
— Kirk Knowlton, MD (@KirkKnowlton) March 31, 2022
The reason behind this window cracking is unknown, however such occasions are frequent and crews have been skilled to deal with such conditions. An incident much like this occurred on 28 December 2021 with the British Airways Boeing 777 which was touring from Gatwick to Costa Rica. A lump of ice from a jet 1,000 ft above the British Airways jet smashed into the airplane at 35,000 ft which left its windscreen cracked.
A cockpit windshield consists of a number of panes of thick glass with a layer of plastic in between for heating, anti-ice, and anti-fog techniques and is constructed to resist excessive power and is much like bulletproof glass.
Earlier this week, one other Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200 diverted to Denver International Airport after the cabin skilled a sudden lack of stress, with six passengers requiring medical remedy.