Plane makes emergency landing at Birmingham Airport after windscreen cracks

Air France plane diverted to Birmingham when windscreen cracks mid-air

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Plane makes emergency landing at Birmingham Airport after windscreen cracks


An Air France passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Birmingham Airport after one of its windows cracked mid-air.

Flight AF1117 was left Dublin at 5.40pm and was scheduled to land in Paris at 8.35pm.

But pilots reported the problem at around 6.30pm on Sunday as the plane flew over Wales, reports the Birmingham Mail.

The flight had to circle over the Midlands for around 25 minutes before landing at Birmingham Airport.

The Daily Mail reports that the plane was taken out of service for an inspection and repairs after landing.

The 86 passengers on board continued their journey to Paris later that evening.

The news comes days after a Flybe plane lost one of its two propellers after hitting birds during a flight from Guernsey to Birmingham.

The plane was 20 minutes into its hour-long journey when the bird strike occurred, with passengers hearing a loud bang as the front cone of the prop was smashed, and blades horrifyingly came to a halt.

Airport worker Dan Brehaut, 23, was travelling with his girlfriend Joanne Corlett, 25, said he was shocked the crew didn't declare an emergency and land.

Captain Ian Baston, Flybe's director of flight operations and safety, confirmed the incident on 8 November.

A spokesman told the BBC: "The aircraft continued its journey safely to Birmingham International Airport and was met by emergency services as a routine and precautionary measure only.

"Once at its stand all passengers disembarked normally.

"Flybe operates its fleet of aircraft in strict compliance with all manufacturers guidelines."

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