Alaska flight to Seattle aborted due to unlatched cockpit window

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by JIM FORMAN / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 28, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 5:00 PM

An Alaska Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Seattle was abruptly aborted Monday when it was discovered that a cockpit window wasn't properly latched. KING 5's Jim Forman was aboard the flight and gave the following account:

The clock had just turned 4pm at Las Vegas's McCarran airport when Alaska Airlines flight 605, a fully loaded Boeing 737-900 ER started its take-off roll down the runway. As the jet began hurtling toward take off speed suddenly, without warning the flight crew abruptly aborted take off.

Passengers felt two hard jerks as the plane's brakes were applied. The pilot, who had only minutes before stood at the front of the plane to warn passengers it was going to be a bumpy climb out of Las Vegas, came over the public address system and explained a cockpit window had not been properly latched. He added there was no warning system and the only way to know there was an issue was when a window pops open. 

The windows in the cockpit are designed to open while on the ground. It is not clear what would have happened had the incident happened after the jet reached take off speed.

The aircraft was able to circle around on the taxiway and take off moments later. Though some aboard could be seen praying as the flight made the second, successful attempt at taking off.

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