November 19th, 2010
09:19 AM ET

Passenger on windshield crack: How can it happen?

On a Delta flight from Atlanta, Georgia to Orange County, California the captain came on the loud-speaker saying there was a problem in the cockpit – the cockpit windshield had cracked - and they needed to make an emergency landing in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Passenger Mike Fleming was on the flight, updating his Facebook status while it was happening and took a photo of the damaged windshield. Fleming  spoke to American Morning’s Kiran Chetry about the sudden emergency situation at 34,000 feet mid-air.

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soundoff (411 Responses)
  1. jim

    Sounds like the heating element within the windshield

    November 28, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Todd

    I don't normally read these things or comment, but this is a perfect argument for our representative government and a testament to the wisdom of our founders. True democracy is silly.

    November 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Shelley

    I think it's great how Mike Fleming updated his Facebook during this whole ordeal, even though you're not supposed to be using electronics on flights, especially ones that send out signals...especially during technical difficulties...

    November 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • FireflyIsland

      Yes, you can update your Facebook status on flights, and surf the Web, and do anything you can do on the Internet while en route. Almost all airlines now offer in-flight Internet access.

      December 1, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
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    December 1, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. IAGUY

    The question is, how did somebody get a picture of this through a locked and impenetrable cabin door?

    December 9, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. michael

    Cracked windshields are a common occurrence on airliners. What is uncommon is that the pilot notified the passengers exactly what the problem was. I am an airline mechanic and have changed many windshields, even ferried a plane home once with a shattered windshield. It is not as dangerous as one might think. They are extremely thick (up to 2 inches) and the materials used to make them are extremely strong, laminated, and multi layered.

    December 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
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