Government plane suffers windshield crack

Pilots of a government Airbus 319 - with Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas on board - considered making an emergency landing on Sunday after the cockpit windshield cracked. The crack appeared around halfway through the flight on route to Moscow; the pilots lowered the aircraft to a lower altitude for the rest of the journey. The spokeswoman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces said that passengers and crew had not been in danger, stressing that only the outer windshield had been damaged. The plane landed safely at its destination. Another aircraft, with the minister of trade & industry and business leaders on board, arrived without incident.

Author: Jan Velinger