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Plane Carrying Czech PM Lands With Cracked Cockpit Window

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An Airbus A319 carrying Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas has landed safely in Moscow after pilots found a crack in the cockpit outer window while in the air, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday.

WARSAW, May 26 (RIA Novosti) – An Airbus A319 carrying Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas has landed safely in Moscow after pilots found a crack in the cockpit outer window while in the air, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday.

The plane en route to Russia was flying over Belarus when a cracked windscreen in the cockpit window was discovered, the report said.

The pilots decided to push the aircraft down and even thought of making an emergency landing.

The crew however later took a decision to continue the flight to Moscow.

Necas has arrived in Russia on a four-day working visit. He plans to arrive in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, St. Petersburg and the Urals city of Yekaterinburg. During his visit, the premier is expected to meet with Russian officials to discuss bilateral relations, trade and economic cooperation and investment. The delegation also includes Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Martin Kuba and a group of businessmen and entrepreneurs.

Updated with details about the visit in para 5.

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Petr Necas, Belarus, Czech Republic