Icelandair jet in Canada emergency landing as window 'shattered'



An Icelandair flight made an emergency landingin Quebec late Friday night after pilots noticed that a cockpit window had shattered. The flight was headed to Iceland.

On its website, the airline said only that Flight 688 was diverted to Bagotville, Quebec "due to a technical issue".

Hove tweeted the captain said his left window shattered and the pilot had to bring the plane down "rapidly".

The airline said it is accommodating the 155 passenger and seven crew members that were on the flight and providing an overnight hotel.

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Harrison Hove, a reporter from Florida, said he was onboard the flight at the time and took to Twitter to document the madness.

Once they landed, Hove said an Icelandair mechanic said the crack in the window was "significant", spanning around 20 centimetres.

"I was walking around stretching my legs and all of a sudden you hear a ding of the fasten your seatbelt sign, and immediately the flight attendants booked it to the front", he told CTV News Channel Saturday.

FlightAware shows pilots made a rapid descent, dropping 26,000 feet in the matter of 10 minutes as they made an accelerated emergency landing.

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