Cracked windscreen forces plane back

A REX flight from Lismore to Sydney has been forced to return to Lismore after pilots discovered a crack in the plane’s windscreen shortly after takeoff.

A spokeswoman for the airline said the crack was in the outer layer of the windscreen’s three layers and did not impact on the safety of the windscreen.

The pilots chose to return to Lismore as a precaution.

Some passengers were transferred to another REX plane preparing to take off from Lismore while others were driven by bus to Ballina to meet a REX flight leaving for Sydney.

It was not known what caused the crack and the spokeswoman suggested it may have been there before the plane took off.

An engineer is being arranged to fly up from Sydney or Wagga to inspect the plane.



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