Cracked Window On Icelandair Flight Leads To Emergency Landing In Quebec

Irving Hamilton
October 22, 2018

Pilots flying a packed Icelandair flight had to make an emergency landing north of Quebec city Friday night after a cockpit window smashed in mid-air.

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

Icelandair says the 155 passengers and seven crew members on board were taken to a hotel to rest and another plane picked them up at some point today.

Hove said the passengers experienced a rapid descent, and they didn't find out why they had landed prematurely until they were on the ground.

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The emergency landing was initiated when the plane's pilots noticed a crack on the cockpit window. The flight was headed to Iceland.

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

Canadian border patrol officers then came onboard and checked everyone's passports, according to Hove.

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