WestJet Encore – DHC-8-400 – Windshield on the Captain’s side cracked

C-GENK, a de Havilland DHC-8-400 aircraft operated by WestJet Encore, was conducting flight WEN3436 from Toronto / Lester B. Pearson Intl (CYYZ) ON to Moncton / Greater Moncton Intl (CYQM), NB. During climb out from CYYZ, the windshield on the captain’s side cracked. The flight crew declared a PAN PAN and returned to CYYZ. The aircraft landed uneventfully with ARFF standing by. Maintenance replaced the cracked windshield and the aircraft returned to service.