Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Hawaii

Officials confirmed the plane landed safely in Honolulu about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Published: May. 15, 2023 at 7:36 AM CDT|Updated: May. 15, 2023 at 10:44 AM CDT
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow/Gray News) - A San Diego-bound Southwest Airlines flight returned to Honolulu on Sunday night about two hours into flight after a window cracked onboard.

Initial reports said there was “a shattered window” located near where the first officer sits.

According to preliminary information from the FAA, the flight crew reported “a cracked windshield” around 6:25 p.m. local time.

In response to the incident, Southwest Airlines issued a statement emphasizing that an individual window pane in the Flight Deck did not “shatter” and “remained intact due to the multiple layers of pane design redundancy.”

There were no injuries connected to the incident.

However, someone on board was transported to an area hospital following an unrelated medical emergency.

Southwest Flight 2367 had taken off from Honolulu’s airport about 4:20 p.m. Officials confirmed the plane landed safely in Honolulu about 7:30 p.m.

Emergency responders met the airplane on the tarmac.

Southwest Air said the aircraft has been taken out of service for maintenance, and a different aircraft was scheduled to complete the San Diego-bound flight.

The airlines also said in its statement, “We apologize to customers for the inconvenience and appreciate their patience and understanding as we always maintain safety as our uncompromising priority.”

The FAA is investigating the incident.