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Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing with broken window

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A Southwest flight has been forced to land after one of the plane's windows cracked. Photo: Getty
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A Southwest Airlines flight from in the US has been forced to make an emergency landing after one of its windows cracked, just two weeks after a mid-air explosion caused passenger to be sucked from one of its planes.

Southwest said that the plane was en route from Chicago to New Jersey when it was forced to divert to Cleveland after the issue on one of “the multiple layers of window pane”.

Banker and mother of two Jennifer Riordan died after being partially sucked through a broken window on a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas on April 17.

Witnesses said 42-year-old Ms Riordan was sucked headfirst out a window shattered by debris when one of the plane’s engines exploded.

Philadelphia’s medical examiner said Ms Riordan died of blunt impact trauma to her head, neck and torso.

There were no reports of injuries after Southwest Flight 957 landed safely at Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport on Thursday morning (AEST).

“The flight landed uneventfully in Cleveland. The aircraft has been taken out of service, and our local Cleveland Employees are working diligently to accommodate the 76 Customers on a new aircraft to Newark,” Southwest said in a statement.

Passengers reported hearing a popping sound, and were moved quickly away from the window after it cracked.

Pictures posted on Twitter show several cracks in one of the Boeing 737-700’s windows.

The 76 passengers onboard the flight were told to grab their belongings and move to a different plane, after the jet was suddenly diverted.

“It made you nervous because something like this just happened,” passenger Paul Upshaw said, who was about two seats from the window.

“We didn’t know if it was going to crack open.”

“People just started scattering,” Mr Upshaw said, who added there was no yelling or screaming. “We didn’t panic.”

Passenger Alejandro Aguina said on Twitter the crack was located on the “outside” of the plane.

“On our way to NJ in new plane. Thanks to the SouthwestAir crew and pilots for handling it professionally,” he tweeted.

Another passenger, Linda Holley, texted her son Ryan with a picture of the damaged window.

“Window on plane cracked during flight. Landing in Cleveland to be safe. Everything ok but scary,” one of her texts read.

In another, she said: “Yes Southwest. Just heard loud noise. Very large crack with piece of window missing at bottom. Just landed. Everything ok. Don’t know plan yet.”

The US Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. So far the cause of the crack is unknown.