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. Shane G

    Facebooking? I thought you weren't allowed to use cell phones on flights. Maybe that's why it cracked, eh?

    November 19, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Buckwheat

    I've driven around with a cracked windsheild for the last three years. Whats th big deal?

    November 19, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      Do you drive at mach 0.9 and 35,000 ft up?

      November 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DW

    There was a plane in front of them hauling rocks and they were following to close! Happens all the time.

    November 19, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ken

    Call Jack Morris Auto Glass

    November 19, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Teddy

    What was the flight crew doing leaving the cabin door open for passengers to see the windshield & how close they came to flaming, screaming death?

    November 19, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. pZIG98

    CNN, Please go back to school and learn how to write a headline...

    November 19, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Yakman

    Could have been space junk!!!

    November 19, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Heidi

    Perhaps a small meteorite? This is the time for the Leonid meteor shower...

    November 19, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Xasthur

    If a passenger was on the windshield crack then he obviously did it. What I don't get is why there was a passenger on the window.

    November 19, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff

    Delta is the worst airline. The worst customer service and your miles are useless. DON'T FLY THEM

    November 19, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chas

    This is one down-side of 24 hour news stations–they have to fill air time with BS. Perhaps this merits 15 seconds. But to interview the guy who snapped a pic? Come on.

    November 19, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. vladchan

    This stuff happens every now and then but is a non-event. The pilot can't see out very well, that's it

    November 19, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ted

    This sounds like the same flight crew that tooks us of Cancun last week! They were awesome then too! Great job guys!!!

    November 19, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cheeze-Head

    Is everyone really this rude in reall ife?

    If so, very obvious why you comment on these stories & don't have jobs!

    November 19, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. meborg

    NOT NEWS!!!!

    When the Homelander slams the jet into the ocean, that's news!!!

    November 19, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
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