Southwest Flight 957 from Chicago's Midway Airport to Newark, New Jersey had to make an in Cleveland today after one of the plane's windows cracked.
Nobody was hurt, and Southwest immediately put all the passengers onto another flight to get them to their final destination. But following the disaster aboard Southwest Flight 1380 that killed a person and injured several, and concerns that the airline needs to do more faster to inspect its fleet of Boeing 737 jets, this is another troubling sign for the airline.
Flight 957 was about two hours into its flight when it was diverted to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Pictures that passengers posted to social media appears to show a serious crack in one of the emergency exit row windows. In a video on Twitter, one of the Southwest crewmembers says, “We’re going to walk you right onto the plane next door and we’re going to let you taken care of."
The airline said in a statement:
“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."
Following last month's incident on Southwest Flight 1380—when an engine blew out and a window was knocked out, depressurizing the cabin—Southwest and other airlines were racing to inspect thousands of 737s. The low-cost carrier is know for keeping its planes in the air and putting them through a lot of takeoff and landing cycles, which is when airliners endure the most wear and tear.