An All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight in Japan returned to its departure airport after a crack was discovered on the outermost layer of the cockpit window during the flight. While the crack didn’t affect the plane’s control or pressurization, an expert warns that such incidents, though rare, can be dangerous if left unaddressed.
The Boeing 737, carrying 59 passengers and six crew members, was en route from Sapporo to Toyama when the crack was detected. The pilot made a safe return landing at Sapporo’s New Chitose airport, ensuring no injuries to anyone on board.
The cause of the crack remains unclear, but aviation experts suggest possibilities like bird strikes, hailstorms, or even wear and tear. Regardless, the entire window unit will need replacement to maintain complete safety.
This incident comes amidst concerns surrounding Boeing 737 models. While the affected ANA aircraft is an earlier version and not one of the recently grounded 737 MAX 9s, the incident highlights the importance of meticulous safety checks and swift action in such situations.
Alternative flights were arranged for the affected passengers, and the incident serves as a reminder of the importance of prioritizing safety in air travel. Authorities will continue investigating the cause of the crack and taking necessary measures to ensure the continued safety of passengers and crew.