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Delta flight diverts to Denver after windshield cracks

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The pilots on a Delta Air Lines flight from Salt Lake City to Washington, D.C., decided to bring their jet down in Denver after the cockpit windshield shattered above 30,000 feet. (www.fox19.com) More...

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avionik99
avionik99 3
After working for many years on military acft I have seen this before. Most times its a bird strike but I have also seen where the window heat malfunctions and causes a window to crack.
jbermo
jbermo 2
Reminds me of a thick DC-8 windscreen that was chained to the ground behind an airline maintenance hangar. It was accompanied by a chained sledgehammer, all to be used in working out any job-related frustrations. Many maintenance workers could not be hurt the beast Other than some deep scratching and a bit of glass crazing.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
They don't do that anymore... LOL... they are sent back to be rebuilt!
leoaubry
Leo Aubry 1
Aircraft ?
jmadunleavy
John D 1
I poked around on FlightAware and it seems they run 757's on this route.
Wolverine83
Todd Nordhoff 1
757-232
wmr350
Mark Ryalls 1
I have had the outer panel on the King Air I was flying shatter. On another, I had an inner panel shatter. Run your finger nail on the glass. It it catches, it is an inner pane.
yntzrm
I was suprised that they did not give Aircraft make and Model. Bad Glass, incorrect instalation, Design flaw. I lean bad Glass.
sparkie624
sparkie624 3
One of the biggest reason is Windshield Heat Controller... Temp runaway will crack them everytime.
yntzrm
Thank you, so this is not all that uncommon????
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
Not at all... Keep in mind that the Windshield is normally 3 Layers. Normally it is only the outer pane that is cracked. Depending on the Plane and depending on the crack you can ferry to a maintenance base. You cannot ferry an inner pane crack on most planes however and it does require in most cases for a mechanic to inspect the window prior to ferry.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Why is this even in the news... that is standard Maintenance... Cracks... Divert yes. News Worthy NO...
watkinssusan
ANYTHING AVIAIION RELATED IS NEWS FROM BIRD STIKES TO ENGINES ON FIRE TO IRATE AND UNRULY PASSENGERS..YES,HAVING A WINDSHIELD ON A LARGE PASSENGER AIRCRAFT "SPONTANEOUSLY CRACK"INTO SEVERAL JIGSAW PUZZLE PIECES AT 30,00 FEET IS NEWSWORTHY...THE PICTURE TAKEN AND SHOWN IN THE NEWS STORY TELLS THE TALE,AS IT WAS NOT JUST ONE LITTLE CRACK AS YOU MIGHT GET FROM A ROCK HITTING A CAR WINDSHEILD..IT WAS MASSIVE,AND I AM SURE THE COCKPIT CREW DIDNT THINK OF IT AS JUST "STANDARD MAINTNEANCE"...

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