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Cracked windshield sends flight back to Charlotte airport

A flight from Charlotte to Washington, D.C., had to turn back after the flight crew reported a cracked windshield.
A flight from Charlotte to Washington, D.C., had to turn back after the flight crew reported a cracked windshield. WBTV

A flight from Charlotte to Washington, D.C., had to land at the Charlotte airport shortly after takeoff when the flight crew reported a cracked windshield on the plane.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, American Airlines Flight 1938 had to return to Charlotte Douglas International Airport Thursday afternoon for a cracked windshield.

The flight was scheduled to fly to Washington Dulles International Airport.

According to American Airlines, there were 110 people on board the plane at the time.

An airline spokeswoman said one layer of the co-pilot’s windshield shattered while the plane was gaining altitude on takeoff. She said nothing collided with the plane, it was just the pressure from the takeoff. This type of incident is not unheard of, according to the airline.

Medical personnel met the pilots when the plane landed as a precaution, and the airline said neither was injured. The pilots were then released and taken to a hotel. The passengers continued on a new plane with new pilots.

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