Cracked windshield at 19,000 feet

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A WLOX Facebook post alerted us to a situation in the skies.  The post said a Saturday afternoon flight from Gulfport to Dallas had to return to Gulfport Biloxi International Airport.

This morning, airport director Clay Williams confirmed the information.

Williams said American flight 3424 was ascending above 19,000.   Suddenly, pilots noticed a windshield crack.  They radioed in the defect, and returned to the airport.  Williams tells WLOX news the cabin never lost pressure.  And the plane safely landed back at the airport about 30 minutes after its 2:15 pm departure.

The 50 passengers on board the American flight were either rebooked on the next flight to Dallas.  Or they were booked on other airlines that fly in and out of Gulfport.

According to Williams, American Airlines had maintenance performed on their aircraft.

As of 9:00 Sunday morning, all flights in and out of Gulfport Biloxi International Airport were on time.

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