An executive jet flying near Riverside Municipal Airport Wednesday suffered a windshield break that did not cause the glass to cave in, but prompted the crew to declare an emergency.
The dual-engine Cessna Citation 680 was climbing to 38,000 feet after departing the airport when the co-pilot’s side of the windshield began to crack in numerous places about 11 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Riverside Fire Department.
RFD Battalion Chief Joe Rosales said the crew declared an emergency, and air traffic controllers gave the plane priority clearance to return to Riverside, at the same time notifying public safety agencies. Rosales said cabin pressure was not lost, but the pilots “rapidly descended below 10,000 feet out of precaution.”
Two engine crews and a truck company reached the airport as the jet was on final approach. However, the landing was uneventful, and the window did not give way, according to Rosales.
The Citation is owned by a company based at the airport. There was no word on where it was headed.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the agency is investigating the incident.
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