Cracked Windscreen on Turkish Airlines Flight Istanbul-Stuttgart

Cracked Windscreen on Turkish Airlines Flight Istanbul-Stuttgart
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Last Sunday, a SmartLynx Boeing 737 MAX operating a flight for Turkish Airlines between Istanbul and Stuttgart suffered a cracked windscreen.

Incident: Cracked Windscreen on Turkish Airlines Flight Istanbul-Stuttgart…


Cracked Windscreen on Turkish Airlines Flight Istanbul-Stuttgart
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Turkish Airlines flight TK7750 is a routine scheduled flight between Istanbul and Stuttgart, with the affected rotation being operated by 9H-CHA.

As per data from Planespotters.net, 9H-CHA is a 6.2 year old Boeing 737 MAX 8 that started out life with Garuda Indonesia.

By August 2022, the aircraft was returned to lessor, Bocomm Leasing, and then handed over to SmartLynx Malta in December 2023.

Of the 737 MAX 8 variant, the Maltese subsidiary of the carrier has 13 of them in the fleet, of which 11 are in active service and two are currently parked, offering an average fleet age of 5.8 years.

Turkish Airlines flight TK7750 departed Istanbul at 1132 local time on February 18 and proceeded in a north-westerly direction towards Stuttgart.

As per reporting from The Aviation Herald, the crew was descending through FL280 into STR, when it was observed that the windshield had cracked on the Boeing 737 MAX 8.

ATC was informed about this, but no emergency was declared following this incident, with the aircraft making a safe landing around 25 minutes after the cracked windshield was observed.

9H-CHA remained grounded for a few hours whilst the issue was fixed, and the aircraft continued back to Istanbul from Stuttgart once the issues were rectified.

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