United Flight Took Off With the Cockpit Window Open

by Anthony Losanno
United Plane

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United Airlines flight 1274 with service from Hartford Bradley International Airport (BDL) to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) had to turn around after the pilots reached 4,000 feet and realized that an unlatched window in the cockpit had popped open.

Washington Dulles

According to The Aviation Herald, the 737-900 had 178 people onboard and had to declare an emergency after it leveled off at 4,000 feet. Thankfully, the plane was able to safely land back at BDL in only 18 minutes after departure, though it was noisy due to the wind coming into the open cockpit window. No injuries were reported and the plane was back in service around 12 hours after landing.

Anthony’s Take: It’s good that the pilots were able to take quick action, land the plane safely, and that United was able to send a replacement aircraft to get the passengers to IAD about six hours delayed.

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