Pilots who boarded a packed Icelandair flight had to make an emergency landing north of Quebec on Friday night after a cockpit window was smashed in the air.
Flight FI688 sailed from Orlando, Florida, to Reykjavík in Iceland noticed a crack in one of the windows. The plane flew over Canada at that time, so they were "diverted to a nearby airport using standard procedures," an Icelandair official said on Twitter.
The pilots landed the aircraft safely in Bagotville, which lies more than 200 kilometers north of Quebec City.
Harrison Hove, a Florida reporter, said he was aboard the flight at the time and documented the madness on Twitter.
"OMG cockpit window broke in the plane Fast departure on Iceland Air flight F1688 Orlando MCO to KEF Emergency response teams Passengers are sure what I can say I'm in the main cabin," he tweeted.
Hove tweeted the captain said his left window broke and the pilot had to bring the plane " fast".
Once arrived, Hove said, an Icelandair mechanic said the crack in the window was "significant", spanning about 20 centimeters.
Then, Canadian border patrol officers came aboard and checked all the passes, according to Hove. The 155 passengers and seven crew members were brought to a hotel for recreation and another plane to pick them up on Saturday.
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