A United Airlines flight bound for Washington Dulles from Las Vegas made an unscheduled diversion into Denver on January 28 after experiencing a windshield crack whilst en route.
United Airlines flight UA1627, a Boeing 737-800 operating from Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) developed a crack in one of the flight deck windshields whilst tracking to the south-east of Denver en route to Washington.
United Airlines UA1627 Las Vegas – Washington
The flight crew made the decision to initiate a diversion to Denver International Airport (DEN); where the flight landed without further incident approximately an hour later.
According to an FAA confirming statement, the flight landed DEN on Sunday, January 28 at 1:10 PM local time.
Flight data for the UA1627 rotation to Washington shows that in the flight departed Las Vegas at 09:22 local time, off a scheduled departure time of 08:35 local.
The aircraft then set course normally for the easterly service, climbing to cruising level FL350 (35,000 feet), before experiencing the cracked windshield issue.
Diversion to Denver (DEN)
The flight subsequently backtracked for Denver as it passed through Nebraska airspace. The flight crew did not declare a formal emergency and the diversion was carried out under normal operating procedures.
The aircraft conducting the UA1627 rotation to IAD was a Boeing 737-800 registered N33289; an 18 year old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the US carrier United Airlines.
It is understood that a replacement aircraft was mustered to transport passengers onwards to the Washington destination.
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