Passengers panic on Polish Airlines after window cracks mid-flight

A passenger on a Polish Airlines flight has recorded the dramatic moment a window cracked mid-flight, sending panic through the aircraft.

TikTok user Tristan, who was on-board a recent LOT Polish Airlines flight from Warsaw, Poland to New York’s JFK Airport, released footage of the incident.

It showed a window had cracked in several places causing passengers in the row to scramble from their seats to safety.

“Throwback to when our plane window cracked on Polish Airlines and everyone freaked tf out,” he captioned the recent clip which has since amassed 8.4 million views.

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Passengers on LOT Polish Airlines panicked when a window cracked on their plane.

According to independent aviation publication, Aviation Herald, the incident on board the Boeing 787-8 took place on August 20. It said the plane was “about 300km northeast of New York when one of the passenger windows cracked”.

Footage shows flight attendants asking passengers, with some heard screaming, to immediately take their seats while also informing the pilots.

According to the publication, the aircraft safely landed in New York and was on the ground for five hours before undertaking its return flight to Warsaw.

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A spokesman for the airline said the window’s outer layer was damaged but its integrity was intact.
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A TikTok of the incident has gone viral with 8.4 million views.

The window was also reportedly replaced.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s passenger windows have electric dim settings so windows can be dimmed or ‘opened’ at the touch of a button rather than having to open or close a window shade manually.

A LOT Polish spokesperson said the electro photochromic layer was damaged, but that the tightness of the window was intact.

The spokesperson also said there was no threat to passengers on board at any time, Forbes reported.

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The flight was from Warsaw to New York.

It comes after another passenger took to TikTok to share a similar experience about a window on her flight also cracking mid-air.

Thankfully, she wasn’t actually in danger, as most plane windows have two or three panes, so it was only the inner pane that was broken.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, a window has to be able to withstand pressure at least 33 percent greater than the pressure outside. That means the window can withstand at least another 170kg of force.

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