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Flight Diverts to ABQ With Cracked Window

A US Airways flight from Tampa, Fla., to Phoenix made a precautionary landing in Albuquerque on Sunday after the pilots reported a crack in the plane’s windshield.

Airline spokesman Davien Anderson said the Airbus A319 did not lose cabin pressure, and the landing was routine.

US Airways Flight 265 was carrying 119 passengers and took off just after 9:30 a.m. Sunday with a planned arrival about 9 a.m. in Phoenix.

Diane Buckley-Koningsor, who was on the flight with her 9-year-old son, said passengers were nervous but did not panic when the pilot announced they would be landing in Albuquerque due to the crack.


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She said it was not until later that passengers began considering how bad the situation could have been if the window had broken at high altitude.

“If that crack would have given way, we probably would all be dead,” she said. “We didn’t know how scary the situation was until we got on the ground.”

Buckley-Koningsor said one woman on the flight rented a car and drove home.

US Airways sent another plane to take the passengers to Phoenix, Anderson said.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal