(CNN) — Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) confirmed to CNN on Monday that a domestic flight bound for Toyama returned to Sapporo’s departure airport on Saturday after a crack was discovered in the cabin window of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. .
ANA said the crack was discovered “in the second window on the right side of the six windows in the cabin” about 40 minutes after takeoff, adding that all 65 passengers and crew of ANA Flight 1182 returned safely.
ANA said the cracks appeared in the outermost layer of the cabin window glass, which consists of four layers of tempered glass.
The flight took off from Sapporo New Chitose Airport at approximately 10:45 a.m. local time (8:45 p.m. Miami time). The crack was discovered at 11:25 a.m. (9:25 p.m. Miami time) and the plane returned to the airport around 12:10 p.m. (10:10 p.m. Miami time).
ANA is investigating the cause of the crack and reported the incident to Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
The Boeing 737-800 model has been in service since 1998 and is known as a legacy aircraft in commercial aviation, recognized for its reliability and strong safety record.
On January 5, 2024, a door jam opened during an Alaska Airlines flight, leaving a refrigerator-sized hole in the fuselage. Facing scrutiny. The incident prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to ground the plane nationwide until an investigation was completed.