NEW: Another Passenger Jet Mid-Air Incident

( – Following events that have been occurring in the air lately, another almost tragic incident occurred with an Alaska Airlines plane when a crack emerged on its inner windshield.

Airline officials reported that crew members spotted the crack while the Boeing aircraft was descending at Portland International Airport. Likewise, Alaska Airlines clarified that its Boeing 737-800s windscreens have five layers: an outer pane, three inner layers, and an inner pane.

The airline stated, “The crew followed their checklists, and the aircraft continued safely to its destination as scheduled. If an inner pane cracks, the other pane and layers can maintain cabin pressure.”

The maintenance team did the inspection and repair, so the plane has resumed service, airline officials stated. Yet, Boeing declined to comment.

This cracked windshield incident adds to a series of troubles facing Boeing aircraft over the past two months, which started from a door plug unexpectedly blowing off mid-air on another Alaska Airlines flight and led to an emergency landing.

Subsequently, the Federal Aviation Administration identified numerous issues in Boeing’s 737 MAX jet production process, which included irregularities such as mechanics using a hotel key card and dish soap as makeshift tools for compliance testing.

The New York Times reported that Boeing acknowledged 33 failed product audits out of 89, with 97 alleged noncompliance instances in total. In addition, as per Boeing officials, addressing these issues will take over a year.

Beyond the 737 MAX troubles, Boeing’s other aircraft lines, which include the 737-800s have encountered problems. Just days before the windshield incident, another 737-800 lost an external panel during flight.

The United Airlines flight landed safely in Oregon. There was no indication of a problem or emergency declared during the flight, which carried 159 passengers and 6 crew members, and no injuries were reported.

Upon reaching the gate, an external panel was found missing, which prompted a runway safety check at Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport.

Airport director Amber Judd stated that despite a thorough search, airport staff could not locate the missing panel, and normal operations resumed shortly after.

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