Southwest plane window breaks mid-flight again, passengers 'crying hysterically'

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A recent flight from Chicago to New Jersey was forced to make an unscheduled landing after a window cracked mid-flight, with some lovely jagged edges just flawless for calming your aviation nerves.

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

The incident occurred just weeks after Southwest Flight 1380 made an emergency landing in Philadelphia when an engine failure blew out one of its windows, almost sucking a passenger out of the cabin.

The airline did not specifically say that a window had broken, however.

Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Brandy King said the plane never lost cabin pressure - which would have triggered oxygen masks to drop down for passengers - and that the pilots did not declare an emergency before landing.

While the two events sound similar at face value-both involved window damage mid-air followed by an unexpected landing-it is still unknown what caused today's incident.

The spokesperson told Newsweek that the plane maintained pressurization throughout the flight. That plane was diverted to Philadelphia en route from NY to Dallas after the jet's left-side engine exploded at about 30,000 feet.

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There were no reports of injuries after Flight 957 landed safely in Cleveland Wednesday.

A cracked airplane window forced a quick landing for a flight that was leaving IL.

Southwest Airlines is a major U.S. domestic carrier with a nationwide network.

Hirsch Chinn, a passenger on the flight, told ABC News other passengers on board quickly changed seats upon discovering the cracked window.

Philadelphia's medical examiner said Ms Riordan died of blunt impact trauma to her head, neck and torso.

Paul Upshaw thought of that as he landed in Cleveland. A woman was killed by the debris from the engine. Thanks to the @SouthwestAir crew and pilots for handling it professionally'. Each exit window has three panes and federal data shows only 26 failures of the outer pane worldwide in the entire Boeing 737 history.

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