China: Sichuan Airlines Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Cockpit Window Falls

China: Sichuan Airlines Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Cockpit Window Falls

China: Sichuan Airlines Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Cockpit Window Falls

The co-pilot of a Sichuan Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing on Monday was "sucked halfway" out of the plane after a cockpit windshield blew out, media reported, citing the aircraft's captain.

The co-pilot was pulled back into the cockpit and suffered facial injuries and a sprained wrist, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said. Chuanjian told Chengdu Business Daily that his co-pilot was sucked almost halfway out of the flight after the windshield blew out, resulting in a sudden loss of pressure and drop in temperature. "When I looked over, the co-pilot's body's was hanging halfway out of the window".

Captain Liu Chuanjian, who said he had flown the route more than 100 times, told Chengdu Business Daily that his co-pilot was saved by a safety belt.

Sichuan Airlines said on its official Weibo account that the flight had experienced a "mechanical failure" without providing further details.

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The flight, Sichuan Airlines 3U8633, left the central Chinese municipality of Chongqing on Monday morning and was bound for the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, the authority said. Suddenly, the windshield just cracked and made a loud bang.

A policeman stands guard in front of a China Southern Airlines plane as the plane of US first lady Michelle Obama departs from Chengdu airport, Sichuan province, March 26, 2014. Pictures show the right side of the window completely gone and some damage to the inside. Most of the equipment malfunctioned ... and I couldn't hear the radio. He says he felt the cold air and saw how the cockpit door opened.

Twenty-seven passengers received medical checkups in a hospital in Chengdu, but no injuries were detected.

There were 119 passengers on board, none of whom were injured by the incident.

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The aircraft was shaking ferociously and he could not read the metres.

A Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 passenger jet was diverted to Chengdu on Tuesday, after losing one of the cockpit windshield while flying at 33,200 ft (FL332) altitude and at speeds of around 450 knots. He added that all of the oxygen masks dropped out.

In a separate incident in the USA same month, a mother was killed after a jet engine of Southwest airlines exploded during a flight.

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