Southwest airplane window cracks during flight: "Non-emergency" landing in Cleveland

There were no reports of injuries after Flight 957, heading from Chicago to New Jersey, landed safely in Cleveland.

Pilots on Flight 957, a Boeing 737 plane, chose to land in Cleveland instead of heading from Chicago to New Jersey.

A Southwest Airlines Co. jetliner made an unscheduled landing after a window cracked, two weeks after an accident on a separate plane in which a passenger was partially sucked out of a destroyed window and died. But it came barely two weeks after an engine failed on a flight from NY to Dallas, sending shrapnel into the fuselage and killing a passenger. Only outside crack so we're all safe.

The cause of Wednesday's crack in one of the window's multiple panes was not immediately known.

Passengers have tweeted photos of the broken window, which may have been in the emergency exit door.

No passengers were injured in the incident on Flight 957, which was diverted to Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport.

She wrote: "Window on plane cracked during flight".

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In a statement to WGN in Chicago, Southwest said, "the aircraft maintained pressurization as there are multiple layers of panes in each window".

The Federal Aviation Administration has begun investigating Wednesday's incident but is still determining the cause, spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said.

Flight 577 had to declare an emergency after a bird strike.

"My heart sank for a second...and when I got to the back of the plane I realized, OK, we have pressure, there's not cracking noise", O'Grady says.

Southwest Airlines has canceled dozens of flights to allow time for engine inspections in light of the incident, according to NBC. They estimated the sales drop cost the airline between $50 million and $100 million.

Last month, the Southwest flight in the headlines had a hole punched clean through the window when an engine broke apart at 30,000 feet, sending [VIDEO]shrapnel into the plane's body and shattering the window.

  • Darren Santiago