After a break in the windshield was discovered, a LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner was forced to return to Warsaw, Poland. Canada’s Toronto was the destination of the flight.
All passengers and crew were reported to be in good health when the aircraft successfully landed in Warsaw. The passengers will be diverted to their destination on a different plane.
Emergency landing due to break in the windshield
The aeroplane touched down safely on runway 33 in Warsaw. About 110 minutes passed from the moment the threat was discovered and the landing that followed. The flight travelled 6,954 kilometres in total. The airline informed the public that a fracture in one of the cockpit glass was the reason the plane had to land in Warsaw. It further mentioned that every passenger would take a different flight to Toronto. Regarding this rerouting, nothing more has been said.
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Aircraft
SP-LRC was the tail number of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner that was used for this journey. One of the newest aeroplanes in the airline’s fleet is this one.
These planes are mostly used by LOT Polish for its lengthy transoceanic trips. This aircraft’s previous 13 trips have been between Europe and North America. With the exception of two, all of these flights operated to or from Warsaw. The aeroplane had just completed a flight from Warsaw to Los Angeles and back before this one. The aeroplane landed in Warsaw nearly two hours late and had to make a quick turnaround before continuing on to Toronto.
Even though it doesn’t happen often, a cracked windshield is one of the more frequent causes of flight cancellations. Despite appearing minor, if the break were to lead to even a little opening, the pressure inside the cabin of the aeroplane may be lost. Insufficient oxygen levels are frequently present when an airliner loses cabin pressure, posing a risk to both the aircraft and its occupants. Over the years, a reduction in cabin pressure has been responsible for the destruction of numerous aeroplanes.
The flight’s cabin crew made the decision to return to Warsaw and drop to flight level 100 after initially noticing a break in the windscreen (approximately 10,000 feet above sea level). At this height, a loss of cabin pressure would be far less dangerous. Fortunately, there was no pressure loss, and the pilots were able to land the plane in Warsaw without incident.
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