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Southwest flight forced to return to Sea-Tac due to crack in window

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A shattered windshield turned Southwest Flight 441 from Seattle to Phoenix back to Seattle Wednesday October 19, 2016. (Photo: Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

A shattered windshield turned Southwest Flight 441 from Seattle to Phoenix back to Seattle Wednesday October 19, 2016.
(Photo: Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

SEATTLE — Southwest Airlines Flight 411, en route from Seattle to Phoenix, was forced to return to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after about an hour in the air Wednesday due to a crack in the cabin’s windshield. The plane landed safely.

Sea-Tac spokesman Perry Cooper said the crack was apparently not due to a bird strike, but simply from the windshield cracking on its own. Mechanics and engineers were inspecting it, he added.

Southwest Airlines said Flight 411 would operate with a new aircraft, but about three hours late.