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Plane Makes Emergency Landing at LAX Due to Broken Windshield

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 30, 2015

Plane Makes Emergency Landing at LAX Due to Broken Windshield

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Passengers on a flight to Australia were in for more than they bargained for Wednesday when their plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Los Angeles due to a broken windshield.

In a report from Alexander Smith of, a Virgin Australia flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Brisbane Airport in Brisbane, Australia, was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff when pilots noticed the aircraft has suffered a cracked windshield.

The Boeing 777 passenger jet returned to Los Angeles International Airport and landed safely around 2:21 a.m. local time. There were no injuries reported during the emergency landing Wednesday.

Ground crews at LAX immediately began working on the plane and "rectified the issue" before clearing the plane for takeoff. The Virgin Australia flight once again departed for Brisbane early Thursday morning at around 12:50 a.m. local time.

This is just the most recent case of damaged planes being forced to make emergency landings. On Monday, TravelPulse’s Patrick Clarke reported that an American Airlines flight was diverted to Beijing Capital International Airport after the plane sustained visible damage to its nose during a hailstorm.

Later that same day, TravelPulse reported on a British Airways flight that made an emergency landing at London Heathrow Airport due to a suspected technical problem. In both cases, the planes landed safely and there were no injuries reported.

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