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Southwest flight from Chicago makes emergency landing due to window issue

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Southwest plane that took off from Midway Airport in Chicago made an emergency landing in Cleveland after a ‘window issue’.

The plane was on its way to Newark, New Jersey.   It landed safely in Cleveland.  No injuries were reported.

In a statement, Southwest Airlines said.

The Crew of Southwest Flight 957, with scheduled service from Chicago Midway International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport, made the decision to divert the plane to Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport for maintenance review of one of the multiple layers of a window pane.  The flight landed uneventfully in Cleveland.  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.

This incident comes a few weeks after the engine of a different Southwest failed and a woman was killed.  On April 17th about 20 minutes into a flight from New York to Dallas debris from the engine broke open a window, causing the woman to almost be sucked out of the plane.  She was pulled back into the plane but died at a hospital in Philadelphia.

It was Southwest’s first passenger death and the first death on a U.S. airline in more than nine years.