This dramatic picture shows the cracked windscreen of a Flybe plane which forced a pilot to abandon a flight at 12,000ft in the air.
Flybe flight BE801 was forced to turn back soon after departing Newquay Airport for London Gatwick yesterday morning when damage suddenly appeared across the main cockpit window.
The Embraer 195 jet was carrying 92 passengers, who were provided "road transport" to London after the plane was grounded.
Ray Ellis, 40, from Helston, Cornwall, was among the travellers and took a picture inside the cockpit as he left the plane.
Mr Ellis said the plane took off as planned and the aircraft was at 12,000ft when the pilot was forced to abandon the journey and return to Newquay airport.
Mr Ellis said: "The plane slowed down a bit, then they made an announcement that there was a crack in the windscreen and they had to return to Newquay.
"No fuss was made, no drama, all very professional.
"Some people stayed to catch later flights, a lot of people left the airport to get a refund."
Mr Ellis, who works in IT and was on his way to a business meeting in the city when the drama unfolded, praised staff on board for keeping everyone calm.
Looking through the door into the cockpit, Mr Ellis managed to take a quick photograph of the damage.
The crack looks to cover much of the main window in the cockpit.
He added: "Everything was dealt with very professionally and a credit to Flybe and Newquay Airport."
Flybe confirmed the incident and said that the landing had been due to "a crack appearing".
A spokesperson said: "We can confirm that the aircraft operating the flight landed safely at Newquay without incident having returned from airborne following a crack appearing in the outer layer of its windscreen."
The spokesperson added: "The captain took the necessary action and, as a usual precautionary measure, the airport put its emergency vehicles on standby.
"Road transport has been provided for all 92 passengers to complete their travel to London Gatwick.
"The safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority and we apologise for the inconvenience experienced."
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