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Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle diverts, lands in Las Vegas due to broken windshield

Posted at 7:20 PM, Jun 01, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — An airplane traveling to Seattle, Washington, was diverted Thursday, landing safely in Las Vegas after reporting a broken windshield.

McCarran International Airport says Alaska Airlines Flight 203 was traveling from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico when it made a detour and landed without incident at 6:16 p.m.

The Boeing 737-900 had 162 passengers and six crew members on board at the time, the airline says.

In a statement to 13 Action News, an Alaska Airlines spokesperson wrote:

Alaska Airlines Flight 203, flying from Puerto Vallarta, Mex. (PVR) to Seattle, Wash. (SEA), landed safely in at Las Vegas, Nev. (LAS) at 6:15 p.m. PT without incident. A minor crack in the aircraft's windshield was detected in flight. Alaska Airlines 737 fleet are outfitted with triple-paned windows that have outer, middle and inner panes. If an outer pane cracks, the other panes can maintain cabin pressure. The safety of our guests and employees/teammates is always our first priority. At no point was the safety of our guests or crew/teammates compromised. Our crews are among the best in the business, and they train for this exact type of situation. Guests are being accommodated tonight and will continue onto SEA tomorrow morning, with an estimated departure time of 10:00 a.m. PT.

This story was updated with details from Alaska Airlines following a 13 Action News inquiry.