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Boston-bound airliner diverted after windshield cracks

A Spirit Airlines plane bound for Boston was diverted to South Carolina Friday morning because of a cracked windshield, officials said.

Spirit Airlines Flight 610, originating from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., landed safely at Myrtle Beach International Airport shortly before 11 a.m., said Kirk Lovell, assistant director of airports in Myrtle Beach.

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Lovell said no one was injured.

Paul Berry, a spokesman for Spirit Airlines, said that it was a nonemergency situation and that the pilot diverted the flight as a precaution.

“Windshield cracks happen all the time in the airline industry,” Berry said. “The cabin was not affected by the crack, and the pilot diverted the plane because he decided it was the safest thing to do.”

Berry said nothing directly hit the windshield to cause it to crack. Although Berry said he did not know the exact cause of the crack, he said it could have been the result of a combination of heat, pressure, and wear.

Berry said Spirit Airlines gave passengers a free lunch and brought in another plane from Fort Lauderdale to fly them to Boston later in the afternoon.

Trisha Thadani can be reached at or on Twitter @TrishaThadani.
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