Cracked Windshield on American Airlines Forces Plane to Make Emergency Landing
An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday due to a cracked windshield.
The flight, which took off from San Antonio, Texas, just before 7 p.m., local time, was headed for Phoenix when it encountered a hail storm, ABC News reported. The flight was over New Mexico when it turned back.
One passenger posted on social media about the ordeal, saying that the damaged caused some commotion and led to some passengers getting sick. Another passenger said he could hear the hail striking the aircraft, according to WFAA.
American Airlines said in a statement, “We commend the great work of our pilots, along with our flight attendants, who safely landed the Airbus A319 at 8:03 p.m. MDT. The aircraft is currently being evaluated by our maintenance team. We never want to disrupt our customers’ travel plans, and we are sorry for the trouble this caused."
There were 130 passengers and five crewmembers on board. No injuries were reported.