Travel A plane got a cracked windscreen

19:35  20 april  2017
19:35  20 april  2017 Source:   Cosmopolitan (UK)

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Well this isn't terrifying at all: a plane suffered a cracked windscreen mid-way through a recent Thomson flight from Gran Canaria to Bristol, and was forced to make an emergency landing in Portugal.

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Here's what happened when a plane got a cracked windscreen mid-flight © Twitter / Getty Here's what happened when a plane got a cracked windscreen mid-flight Well this isn't terrifying at all: a plane suffered a cracked windscreen mid-way through a recent Thomson flight from Gran Canaria to Bristol, and was forced to make an emergency landing in Portugal.

It's not publicly known what caused the windscreen of the plane to crack during a flight over the bank holiday weekend, but by the looks of an apparently now-deleted picture on Twitter (see above), whatever it was caused some hefty damage.

Luckily for the approximately 200 passengers on board, they were only made aware of the pretty dramatic issue once the plane had made its emergency landing shortly into the flight.

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The airlines involved have all said there was never any real danger as a result of one of these cracks , however they felt it was in their best interest to get the damaged plane back on the ground as soon as possible. Boeing says this about cracked windscreens

Get daily news by email. VIEW GALLERY. If the windscreen had cracked , it would have left the pilot and his co-piloting team without oxygen while the plane cruised at an altitude of 38,000 feet before nosediving.

According to one passenger who spoke to the Bristol Post, known only as Laura, passengers were informed of a 'technical fault' while they were mid-air, but that was the only information that was given until they reached the ground.

  A plane got a cracked windscreen © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) "There were some very nervous looking people but on the whole most people stayed calm," she said. "We had realised something was wrong before they announced it due to the sudden descent mid-flight. There was a big clap on landing."

The sudden descent Laura refers to was a pretty big one indeed; the pilot was forced to drop 20,000 feet from their original cruising altitude of 30,000 feet to just 10,000 feet in the interests of safety.

"It was the flight stewards that told us to look at the windscreen when we disembarked," Laura added. They're probably glad they didn't know exactly what the problem was until they were safe on the ground.

Thankfully, passengers were safely put on a later plane back to Bristol from their emergency landing stop in Portugal, and no-one was harmed during the incident. I doubt any of them will be booking any more flights in a hurry, mind you.

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