A passenger jet was forced to return to Dublin Airport this morning after suffering a cracked windshield over the Irish Sea, writes Patrick Flynn.
Air France flight AF-1617, operated by Irish airline Cityjet, was on its way to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris when the problem arose.
The crew of the Avro RJ-85 jet informed air traffic controllers they wished to stop their climb to investigate a possible problem.
A short time later the crew confirmed to controllers that they had a cracked windscreen.
The flight turned around and returned to Dublin for a safe landing about 50 minutes after departure.
A replacement Cityjet aircraft took the passengers onto Paris at 12.50pm.
Last March, another Cityjet RJ-85 was forced to return to Dublin Airport after suffering a cracked windshield.
Flight WX-118 was travelling from Dublin to London City when the crew returned to Dublin for a safe landing.