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Alaska Airlines Boeing 737’s windshield cracks during landing following series of safety concerns

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737's windshielf cracks during landing
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During landing on Sunday night, the windshield of a Boeing 737 on an Alaska Airlines flight cracked, The Sun reported. This incident adds to a series of safety problems for the airline, which has faced several issues recently, causing concern for the company.

Alaska Airlines flight from Washington D.C. to Portland suffers cracked windshield of Boeing 737 with passengers and crew onboard

As the flight was coming from Washington D.C. to Portland International Airport, a small crack appeared on the inner windshield of the aircraft.

However, the pilots successfully landed the plane, which had 159 passengers and six crew members on board. No injuries were reported, and it’s worth noting that the Boeing aircraft involved was not a new model or a MAX, Dailymail reported.

Alaska Airlines confirmed the crack occurred during the landing of the Boeing 737 aircraft. The company stated that engineers on the ground will inspect and repair the aircraft.

The airline released a statement, saying: “The crew followed their checklists and the aircraft continued safely to its destination as scheduled.”

“Alaska Airlines’ 737 fleet are outfitted with five-layer windscreens that have an outer pane, three inner layers and an inner pane. If an inner pane cracks, the other pane and layers can maintain cabin pressure.”

FAA reveals Boeing failed 33 out of 89 audits during 737 Max exam

Just three days earlier, another Boeing plane, also a United Flight, was forced to land because hydraulic fluid was leaking from its landing gear area. The incident occurred as the 777-300, bound for San Francisco from Sydney, was taking off, with fluid seen leaking from its undercarriage.

This comes amidst ongoing investigations and less than a week after a former Boeing employee was found dead in an apparent suicide, according to Dailymail’s report. He had been giving depositions for a lawsuit he filed against the company, alleging that he had witnessed the installation of subpar parts on planes.

The previous Monday saw another troubling incident, with 50 passengers injured on Boeing’s flagship 787-Dreamliner after it suddenly nosedived. This incident was believed to have been caused by a pilot’s seat hitting the control column.

On January 5th, an Alaska Airlines plane experienced a panel blowout at 16,000 feet altitude caused by a faulty door plug detaching.

Furthermore, the FAA disclosed that Boeing failed 33 out of 89 audits during an examination of the Boeing 737 Max, a model that was planned for an update with the long-delayed Max 10 variant.

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