Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Cockpit Window Breaks at 32000 Feet

Chinese plane windshield pops out mid-flight

A Sichuan Airlines flight made an emergency landing on Monday after the cockpit windshield abruptly broke, pulling the co-pilot partially out of the Airbus A-319.

After the captain heard a deafening sound, he looked over and noticed the right windshield was missing.

"There was no warning sign".

Speaking to Red Star News, pilot Liu Chuanjian revealed that seconds after the malfunction, his fellow pilot started to get sucked out of the window, along with parts of the plane's control unit.

"Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air", he added.

'I couldn't hear the radio and the cockpit's temperature dropped to minus 40 degree Celsius, ' he said. "I wanted to control the plane and land", he later told Sichuan Television.

According to Reuters, though no passengers were injured in the incident, the Civil Aviation Administration of China's Southwest Regional Administration (CAAC) stated that one of the pilots suffered scratches and waist pains. None of the plane's 119 passengers was reported injured.

The cockpit windshield shattered about 7 am, about 100 kilometers into the journey, almost sucking a co-pilot from the plane. While some netizens asked for rewarding the captain, others called for better safety measures.

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Passengers from the flight recounted the frightening experience after the plane, diverted from Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, to make an emergency landing at Shuangliu International Airport. He survived the incident, which occurred on a BAC-111 jet.

Pictures shared online show the co-pilot's side of the windshield gone and it emerged that he was nearly sucked out of the window by the sudden loss of pressure. However, none of the plane's passengers were hurt.

Liu Chuanjian braved the intense cold and blasting wind to slow the flight, Sichuan Airlines 3U8633, from its original speed of about 500-560 miles per hour to land in about 20 minutes. A cabin attendant also suffered a minor injury as the plane suddenly lost altitude.

Incidents involving partly broken windshields are somewhat common.

Responding to a request for comment, the FAA said based on its own data, "passenger window failures are rare".

More photos from inside the cockpit show the right-hand windshield completely missing. "It was very hard to control", Liu told media, according to CGTN.

The windshield shattered over the southwest city of Chengdu about 80 minutes after flight 3U8633 took off at 6:27 a.m. local time (10:27 GMT), the CAA said in statement released by CCTV.

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