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Jet makes emergency landing after window ‘shatters’ in the cockpit

Icelandair jet makes emergency landing in Canada after window ‘shatters’ in the cockpit

  • Flight 688 was en-route from Orlando to Keflavik  when the window shattered
  • The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Bagotville in Canada 
  • The Icelandair Boeing 757 aircraft had 155 passengers and seven crew on board

An Icelandair flight made an emergency landing in Canada after a cockpit window shattered during flight, a passenger said on Twitter.

On its website, the airline said only that Flight 688 on Saturday was diverted to Bagotville, Quebec, ‘due to a technical issue.’

A passenger, Harrison Hove, tweeted that the ‘captain says his left window shattered and had to bring us down rapidly’.

An Icelandair flight made an emergency landing in Canada after a cockpit window shattered during flight, a passenger said on Twitter 

Mr Hove, a news manager at the University of Florida, said all passengers appeared to be safe.

But he added: ‘People were upset because it was a traumatic experience. 


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‘We made an emergency landing and no one would tell us what happened until after we landed.’  

He reported that an airline employee estimated the crack to be about 20 centimeters (eight inches).

The Boeing 757 aircraft was flying from Orlando, Florida, to Keflavik, Iceland, with 155 passengers and seven crew, the local Le Quotidien newspaper reported.

Bagotville, about 124 miles north of Quebec, does not normally handle international flights. 

A passenger on Flight 688, Harrison Hove, tweeted that the ‘captain says his left window shattered and had to bring us down rapidly’ (stock image)

But Mr Hove said Canadian immigration officers were sent onto the plane to clear the passengers.

Icelandair said another aircraft later arrived so passengers could continue to Keflavik and then on to destinations in Europe.

The airline is the flag carrier of Iceland and serves 48 destinations in 16 countries.  

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