American Airlines Flight Diverted

( – A cracked windshield forced an American Airlines flight from New York City to Madrid, Spain to make an emergency landing in Boston.

The windshield of American Airlines Flight 94 cracked just two hours into the flight, after the plane took off from JFK Airport in New York City at around 7:30 p.m. on February 28. The captain of the plane then reported an “Alert 2” distress call to aircraft authorities. An Alert 2 means that the plane is currently experiencing “major difficulties.”

The plane was able to land safely at Boston’s Logan Airport at around 10:03 p.m., with the aircraft taken out of service by the airline, which said that the plane would undergo inspection and maintenance. The plane’s passengers were forced to spend the night in Boston on the airline’s dime and were onboarded onto another aircraft to continue their flight to Madrid the next day.

Coincidentally, another American Airlines flight also ran into trouble just a few hours later, with a plane that had just landed at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport reporting the presence of smoke in the cabin. Officials said that the plane originated from the O’Hare Airport in Chicago. Crew members were the ones who smelled the smoke, but no fire was found when firefighters responded. Passengers were also all safely disembarked from the plane, which was then taken out of service as well.

In a statement, American Airlines apologized for the incidents.

“We never want to disrupt our customers’ travel plans,” the airline said, adding, “[we] apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.”

The incidents are part of a spate of technical problems several airplanes from different airlines have experience in recent months. In January, Alaska Airlines flying to Ontario, California from Portland, Oregon, had to make an emergency landing after piece of the plane’s fuselage broke off while the aircraft was 16,000 feet in the air. The plane was able to land safely.

In another incident in January, a United Airlines flight bound to Las Vegas, Nevada, from Washington, D.C. also experienced a crack in its windshield. The flight was forced to divert and land at Denver International Airport.

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