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JetBlue flight to Tampa diverted after cockpit window cracks

JetBlue's head of air service, and ground crew members waved goodbye as JetBlue flight 836 begins service from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport to Boston, Thursday May 3, 2018, in Bloomington, Minn. [Jerry Holt | Star Tribune via AP]
JetBlue's head of air service, and ground crew members waved goodbye as JetBlue flight 836 begins service from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport to Boston, Thursday May 3, 2018, in Bloomington, Minn. [Jerry Holt | Star Tribune via AP]
Published May 7, 2018

A JetBlue flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Tampa was diverted Sunday to Fort Lauderdale after a front cockpit window cracked.

The flight departed from San Juan at 10:29 a.m. but ended up having to alter its course shortly into the flight as the front cockpit window's exterior surface cracked, the company said in a news release.

The flight landed around 1 p.m. and unloaded all passengers safely from the aircraft. The passengers were then transferred to another flight to get them to their destination, according to the release.

Here is the full statement:

"On May 6, JetBlue flight 1052 from San Juan to Tampa diverted to Fort Lauderdale in an abundance of caution following a report of damage to one of the outer layers of the cockpit windscreen. The flight landed safely at approximately 1:00 p.m. local time. Customers were accommodated on another aircraft."

These photos and videos were captured by Michael Paluska, a reporter from WFTS, Ch. 28, who happened to be on the flight.

EXCLUSIVE: @abcactionnews just took these photos of shattered co-pilot cockpit window. Happened above 30,000 feet. Pilot said it isn't uncommon. Thanks for the safe landing! Can't imagine what the pilots experienced. @JetBlue pic.twitter.com/Uoduy2DtN1

Windshield in cockpit shattered 3/4 of way home on our @JetBlue flight to #Tampa from #PuertoRico. Thank you pilots for getting us to Fort Lauderdale safely! Be home in Tampa soon! @abcactionnews pic.twitter.com/7Rjo8ouOI9

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