Squawk Box

July 2013 Issue

Resistance

The following information is derived from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reports and Aviation Maintenance Alerts.

The aircraft was descending when the pilot heard a loud “pop” from the copilot windshield (p/n 10138402522), which visual inspection revealed had cracked and shattered. Pilot requested “priority handling” and was informed he would be #6 for the runway. Due to factors such as night flight, unknown damage to copilot windshield and poor weather, the pilot declared an emergency and again requested priority handling, followed by an uneventful landing. Post-flight inspection revealed no obvious signs of foreign impact.

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