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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : mfe|
airport : mty
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 10000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : mmty|
tower : mfe
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Fokker 100|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||descent other|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
incursion : landing without clearance
non adherence : far
non adherence other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Location: lrd/010/40. En route to mty the captain's windshield heating elements started sparking and was quickly followed by a loud bang as the outside captain's windscreen cracked in multiple places. We were just north of lrd and were preparing for descent into mty. I sent a short 1-LINE ACARS message to dispatch informing them that the captain's windscreen was cracked. I asked the first officer to call dispatch on commercial radio and tell them that the aircraft would be OTS when we reached mty. While the first officer was busy calling dispatch I received an ACARS message asking me to elaborate on the damage. I sent a second message stating that the windscreen was broken and that we were proceeding to mty. I also mentioned that they would need another aircraft for the morning departure. I began a descent into mty after sending the message. I was then informed by the first officer that the company was preferring that we take the plane to dfw or iah because that was the only places a new windscreen would be readily available. The first officer then informed that we did not have enough fuel to go any place other than mty or mfe. After a little more discussion with dispatch the first officer informed me that the company would like us to proceed to mfe. I asked and received a clearance from mty center to go to mfe. Inbound to mfe the first officer was unable to get an ATIS. He called mfe tower and received the current WX conditions. Shortly after landing at mfe I was informed by the airport manager that the airport had been notamed closed at XX30 pm for runway maintenance. I believe we had landed approximately 10 mins after that time.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: F100 HAS CRACKED OUTER PANE ON CAPT'S WINDSHIELD. DIVERSION TO ALTERNATE IN A NIGHT OP. UNAUTH LNDG AT A NOTAMED CLOSED ARPT.
Narrative: LOCATION: LRD/010/40. ENRTE TO MTY THE CAPT'S WINDSHIELD HEATING ELEMENTS STARTED SPARKING AND WAS QUICKLY FOLLOWED BY A LOUD BANG AS THE OUTSIDE CAPT'S WINDSCREEN CRACKED IN MULTIPLE PLACES. WE WERE JUST N OF LRD AND WERE PREPARING FOR DSCNT INTO MTY. I SENT A SHORT 1-LINE ACARS MESSAGE TO DISPATCH INFORMING THEM THAT THE CAPT'S WINDSCREEN WAS CRACKED. I ASKED THE FO TO CALL DISPATCH ON COMMERCIAL RADIO AND TELL THEM THAT THE ACFT WOULD BE OTS WHEN WE REACHED MTY. WHILE THE FO WAS BUSY CALLING DISPATCH I RECEIVED AN ACARS MESSAGE ASKING ME TO ELABORATE ON THE DAMAGE. I SENT A SECOND MESSAGE STATING THAT THE WINDSCREEN WAS BROKEN AND THAT WE WERE PROCEEDING TO MTY. I ALSO MENTIONED THAT THEY WOULD NEED ANOTHER ACFT FOR THE MORNING DEP. I BEGAN A DSCNT INTO MTY AFTER SENDING THE MESSAGE. I WAS THEN INFORMED BY THE FO THAT THE COMPANY WAS PREFERRING THAT WE TAKE THE PLANE TO DFW OR IAH BECAUSE THAT WAS THE ONLY PLACES A NEW WINDSCREEN WOULD BE READILY AVAILABLE. THE FO THEN INFORMED THAT WE DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH FUEL TO GO ANY PLACE OTHER THAN MTY OR MFE. AFTER A LITTLE MORE DISCUSSION WITH DISPATCH THE FO INFORMED ME THAT THE COMPANY WOULD LIKE US TO PROCEED TO MFE. I ASKED AND RECEIVED A CLRNC FROM MTY CTR TO GO TO MFE. INBOUND TO MFE THE FO WAS UNABLE TO GET AN ATIS. HE CALLED MFE TWR AND RECEIVED THE CURRENT WX CONDITIONS. SHORTLY AFTER LNDG AT MFE I WAS INFORMED BY THE ARPT MGR THAT THE ARPT HAD BEEN NOTAMED CLOSED AT XX30 PM FOR RWY MAINT. I BELIEVE WE HAD LANDED APPROX 10 MINS AFTER THAT TIME.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.