The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will look into a Delta Air Lines jet’s emergency landing after the flight deck windshield cracked mid-flight.
The event occurred on March 31, 2022, while the plane, N689DL, was flying a regular domestic flight DL760 between Salt Lake City and Washington, Washington.
The plane, which had 198 people on board, took off from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) at 4.07 p.m. (UTC) and was scheduled to land at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) roughly four hours later, according to Flightradar24.com data.
The flight crew declared an emergency 90 minutes after departure owing to damaged glass, and the jet was diverted to Denver (DEN).
We were on our way to the ACC meeting when it was announced that we we would need to make an unplanned landing in Denver because the windscreen cracked. Apparently it was spontaneous. Fortunately, we landed safely and are about to get back in air. We are grateful for safe flights pic.twitter.com/lK6kq5UiY2
— Kirk Knowlton, MD (@KirkKnowlton) March 31, 2022
The FAA confirmed on April 2, 2022, that it would investigate the Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 airplane incident.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the flight crew diverted into Denver and the plane landed routinely. Our team worked quickly to accommodate customers on a new plane, and we sincerely apologize for the delay and inconvenience to their travel plans,” the Delta spokesperson explained to the media.
On social media, an image of the flight deck revealed a windshield with several fractures and breaks, although it was still in its frame.
“We were on our way to the ACC meeting when it was announced that we would need to make an unplanned landing in Denver because the windscreen cracked. It was spontaneous. Fortunately, we landed safely and are about to get back in the air. We are grateful for safe flights,” a passenger wrote in a post.
Windshields on flight decks often have two layers of strong glass with a plastic layer in between for heating and anti-ice and anti-fog systems. If one of the aircraft glass panes is cracked or ruptured, the other is engineered to hold full pressure.