Windshield crack prompts emergency landing

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — A small crack in the windshield of a Boeing 757 forced a Boston-to-Chicago flight with 176 people on board to make an unscheduled landing in Buffalo. United Airlines Flight 881 landed without incident at 10:34 a.m. Sunday at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.Andrew Phelps of WBUR was a passenger on the plane. He stated the pilot reported a heating element in between panes of glass failed. 

Airport spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer stated there was no problem for passengers and the airline was arranging for another plane to take them to Chicago.Hartmayer stated the airport’s Crash Fire Rescue Unit was placed on stand-by but was not needed.On Friday, a Delta Airlines Boeing 737 travelling from Atlanta to Santa Ana, Calif., was forced to land in Dallas because of a cracked windshield.

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