Airplane windshield cracks mid-flight on plane chartered to fly oil field workers to Texas

Airplane windshield cracks mid-flight while on the way to BTR from Texas

BATON ROUGE, LA (KHOU) - The windshield of a plane, being chartered to fly workers to the Texas oil fields near Midland, cracked mid-flight Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Airport confirmed. The Embraer ERJ-145 was flying “at altitude” when the windshield on the pilot’s side of the cockpit started cracking.

According to, the plane filed a flight plan to fly from Austin, Texas to Baton Rouge at an altitude of 36,000 feet, Tuesday. The spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Airport says that regional jet had the crew on board, but no passengers, when the windshield began to crack. The plane was scheduled to fly to Midland, Texas later in the afternoon; that flight has been delayed. While the glass cracked, it doesn’t appear the window completely failed.

KHOU 11 News has reached out to Via Airlines, which operated the ERJ-145 for a statement. They are waiting to hear back.

The plane is on the ground at BTR.

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