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Plane with cracked windshield lands safely at Midway

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Though at least five ambulances and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to Midway Airport when a 737 reported a cracked windshield, the plane landed safely Wednesday morning.

Southwest Airlines flight No. 3052 from Newark, N.J., to Midway, with 100 passengers on board, at some point developed a small crack in its windshield, according to Southwest spokeswoman Michelle Agnew.

A standby and EMS Plan 1 response was called for the plane's landing by the Chicago Fire Department about 8:45 a.m. About 9 a.m. the plane landed safely and no injuries were reported.

Agnew explained that small cracks in windshields are "actually a common occurrence."

The windows are roughly an inch thick and heat up to high temperatures when flying, she said in an email. "When these little cracks happen, it's from heating up, but there is no structural impact and it does not impact pressurization or the aircraft."

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