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Gatwick-bound flight turns back as huge crack spans cockpit window

This dramatic picture shows the cracked windscreen of a Flybe plane that was damaged just minutes after take-off.

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The flight from Newquay Airport to London Gatwick was forced to turn back and land when a huge crack spanning across the main cockpit window suddenly appeared.

Ray Ellis, 40, was one of the 92 passengers who were on board the 7.25am flight on Tuesday and as he left took a picture inside the cockpit.

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The pilot left the door to the cabin open as people disembarked so that they could see for themselves the problem that had forced them to return to the ground.

Mr Ellis said the plane took off as planned and the Embraer 195 aircraft was at 12,000ft when the pilot was forced to abandon the journey and return to Newquay airport.

The plane slowed down a bit, then they made an announcement that there was a crack in the windscreen and they had to return to Newquay.

No fuss was made, no drama, all very professional.

Some people stayed to catch later flights, a lot of people left the airport to get a refund.

– Ray Ellis

Mr Ellis, who works in IT and was on his way to a business meeting in the city when the drama unfolded, praised staff on board for keeping everyone calm.

Looking through the door into the cockpit, Mr Ellis managed to take a quick photograph of the damage.

The crack looks to cover much of the main window in the cockpit.

Everything was dealt with very professionally and a credit to Flybe and Newquay Airport.

– Ray Ellis

Flybe confirmed the incident and said that the landing had been due to “a crack appearing”.

We can confirm that the aircraft operating the flight landed safely at Newquay without incident having returned from airborne following a crack appearing in the outer layer of its windscreen.”

The captain took the necessary action and, as a usual precautionary measure, the airport put its emergency vehicles on standby.

Road transport has been provided for all 92 passengers to complete their travel to London Gatwick.

The safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority and we apologise for the inconvenience experienced.

– Flybe