"I'm pretty spiritual about it," she said Wednesday. "I turn it over to God and think, 'There's nothing I can do about it.' And I also think, 'What are the odds?' I've been flying for 18 years and had one emergency landing. That's pretty good."
Yearwood, her sister and some friends were returning Aug. 18 from a three-day, 60-mile walk in Boston to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer research fund when they heard a loud pop.
Yearwood, 43, said the front left window of the plane had cracked.
"We never lost cabin pressure, so we didn't have to use our oxygen masks. By the time we got on the ground, the crack on the front of the plane's window was huge, and getting bigger by the second," she said.
When they reached the ground, she recalled, "It was like in the movies when they land and you see all the fire trucks and emergency crews. That's a real experience."
After a three-hour wait for another plane - and a "fantastic" seafood dinner on the city's Inner Harbor - they were back in the air.
"I didn't have any anxiety like 'the last thing I want to do is get back on an airplane.' I did feel like the pilots and the flight attendants handled it perfectly," Yearwood said. "They were so very calm. It wasn't a scary situation until afterward when you think about what possibly could have happened."
"But once I did land," she said, "I thought, 'Good. I'd like to stay home a little while."'