What else can happen in flight? In the past few months there have been too many problems on airlines from suspicious behavior by passengers to bomb threats and worse (crashes) and the latest happened today Nov. 28 to an American Airlines jet from Milan that was heading to New York’s JFK when the windshield shattered. According to eturbonews and other sources, “ Pilots of AA flight 199—a Boeing 767-3000– were forced to make an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport, where a cabin crew member captured the extent of the damage to the Boeing 767-300 and uploaded a photograph to Twitter.” An Airlive.net post on Twitter, reads “AirLive.net @airlivenet 7h7 hours ago UpDATE American Airlines flight #AA199 to New York diverted to Heathrow due to cracked windscreen /@JackHudock.:”
A spokesperson for American confirmed that a maintenance issue caused the diversion after take-off from Milan but say the aircraft is being investigated to determine the cause. The flight, which was carrying 183-passengers, left Milan–Malpensa Airport at 10 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive in John F. Kennedy International Airport at 1.20 p.m. local time before being diverted to Heathrow where it landed at 11:28 in the morning. There have been no reports of injury to passengers or crew other than a few jangled nerves.
American Airlines issued the perfunctory apology, “’We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience. We are accommodating the passengers on other flights from London to New York.” Last August, according to eturbonews, a similar incident happened to Delta Airlines flight 1889 which also was forced to perform an emergency landing, which was pretty tricky and scary since the pilots weren’t able to see out of the windshield after baseball-sized hailstones wrecked the front of the plane and destroyed the GPWS navigation system in the front of the plane which was heading from Boston to Salt Lake City but diverted to Denver.
It really is getting intense in the air for white knuckle flyers and even some travelers who always felt cavalier about getting on a plane. A major cause of the new found fear of flying is obviously the pervasive threat of terrorism, but windshields breaking and engines falling off are right up there. “I’ve flown all over the world and never really thought about crashing or anything,” said George a retired former airline executive from Los Angeles, “But I must say some of the recent events have been unnerving, but I’m still heading to India next month.”