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Old 5th Aug 2004, 17:30
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Flap 5
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: UK
Posts: 464
I have had a cracked windscreen similar to this on an A320. That was caused by a broken thermostat. The windscreen heat remained on full power. This was okay at altitude and at high speed. However as we slowed down at the outer marker there was a bang and the windscreen shattered in front of me. There are three layers and only one layer had shattered so the windscreen retained it's integrity, but it was still a shock. I continued the approach as I could still see the touchdown point. I was about to hand over control to the F/O but she screamed so I thought it was better for me to retain control!

This particular windscreen looks like a 747.
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