Air India Windshield
A picture of the Air India windshield shared by a passenger on Twitter.Twitter/Subhrakant Panda

An Air India flight made an emergency landing in Lucknow on Tuesday after its windshield reportedly developed a crack. 

The Air India flight (AI-873) was on its way to Bhubaneswar from Delhi with 169 passengers on board when the pilot noticed a crack on the windshield on the rear side of the Airbus 321's nose.

The pilot then contacted the air traffic controller when the flight was close to Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh and subsequently made an emergency landing at the Lucknow airport at 12.37 pm, Airport Director S C Hota told the Press Trust of India. 

One of the passengers on the flight, however, tweeted saying that he had a glimpse of the "shattered windshield". 

"Just caught a glimpse. It was hardly a crack and more like a shattered windshield! Have to commend pilots for cool, professional approach," Subhrakanta Panda, CEO, Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys (IMFA) tweeted. 

He also shared a photo of the windshield, which did look like it had developed more than just a "crack".

Air India tweeted saying that arrangements were made for passengers to travel to Bhubaneshwar.