Southwest Airlines flight lands at KCI with broken windshield

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Boeing 737 Southwest Airlines flight has landed at Kansas City International Airport Wednesday night with a broken windshield.

The Kansas City Aviation Department said the flight landed just after 6:30 with 117 people on board.

No hazardous cargo was reported to be on board.

The flight left Reagan National Airport in Washingotn D.C. earlier Wednesday evening

KCI officials tell FOX4 a cockpit window shattered for an unknown reason. The windows of the cockpit have multiple layers so no harm was done to anyone inside.

Southwest Airlines released this statement to FOX4:

“Earlier this evening, the outer pane of flight #718’s left-side cockpit window cracked upon descent into Kansas City International Airport (MCI). Aircraft windows are designed with multiple, redundant layers, and the cockpit window remained completely intact. The flight landed safely, and no emergency was declared. Finally, the aircraft was taken out of service for a routine window repair, and Customers on the next scheduled flight were accommodated on a replacement aircraft.”

The plane has been taken out of service for the evening.

Two World War II veterans were on the flight. They are heading out to Leavenworth to be recognized with a monument and an event. They were part of the first and only all black female WAC unit to deploy overseas during the war. The two woman departed the United States in February 1945 with no fanfare and returned to the same.

The monument in Leavenworth will finally honor the two women ages 95 and 98.

The dedication ceremony is scheduled to take place Friday morning at 10:30.


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