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Boeing 737 Forced To Turn Back Mid-Flight After Cockpit Window Cracks

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A Boeing 737-800 in Japan carrying passengers and crew turned back due to a crack in the cockpit window.

The incident occurred amid increased safety scrutiny in the airline industry.

The crack did not affect control or pressurization, and it may have been caused by a bird strike or stress fracture. (Trending: Trump Responds To Biden’s Bombing In Yemen)

An airline spokesperson said, “The crack was not something that affected the flight’s control or pressurization.”

Aviation expert John Strickland said, “These things do sometimes happen, something may have struck the window, for example a bird, a large hailstone, it’s not unheard of.”

“You might occasionally get a stress fracture too, from wear and tear,” he continued.

This event follows a recent plane crash in Japan and safety concerns in the U.S., including an incident involving an Alaska Airlines flight.

As a result, the FAA has temporarily grounded Boeing 737 Max 9 planes and called for stricter safety inspections, with Boeing pledging full cooperation with the investigation.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wrote in a statement, “This incident should have never happened, and it cannot happen again.”

Boeing spokeswoman Jessica Kowal said, “Safety is our top priority and we deeply regret the impact this event has had on our customers and their passengers.”

“We agree with and fully support the FAA’s decision to require immediate inspections of 737-9 airplanes with the same configuration as the affected airplane,” she continued.

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