Co-pilot survives being sucked halfway out of cockpit window

Sichuan Airlines Co-Pilot Sucked Halfway Out Of Broken Windshield

The co-pilot was sucked towards the breakage, but he remained calm as Captain Liu Chuanjian and his crew made an emergency landing, according to Chinese media reports.

Sichuan Airlines 3U8633 was en route from Chongqing in south-west China to Lhasa in Tibet when the incident happened. Some 27 received medical check-ups at a hospital in Chengdu, where the plane made its emergency landing, according to the South China Morning Post.

He told the Chengdu Economic Daily that the Airbus A319 had just reached a cruising altitude of 32,000 feet when a deafening sound tore through the cabin.

"The windshield burst suddenly and a loud noise was heard, and when I looked to the side, I saw that the co-pilot was already halfway out of the window", pilot Liu Chuanjian said.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the co-pilot had a sprained wrist and facial cuts after his ordeal. None of the plane's 119 passengers was injured.

Workers inspect a Sichuan Airlines aircraft that made an emergency landing after a windshield on the cockpit broke off, at an airport in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China May 14, 2018.

Back in 1990, pilot Tim Lancaster was sucked out of the cockpit window of a British Airways flight to Malaga, Spain, after an explosion knocked out the windscreen. "Most of the equipment malfunctioned ... and I couldn't hear the radio." he added.

A Chinese airplane had a horrific accident when a windshield shattered during flight and a co-pilot was sucked halfway out of the cockpit, according to CNN.

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A passenger described the panic in the cabin to the China News Service.

But in mid-April, a female passenger died after being partially sucked out of a Southwest Airlines flight in the United States when one of the aircraft's engines exploded.

Mobile phone footage emerged online showing flight attendants asking passengers to wear oxygen masks and put on safety belts.

"He had half of his body sucked out the broken windshield at that time due to the sudden change of pressure".

They also said that some of the flight attendants were thrown into the air.

An investigation into how the incident occurred has now been launched.

Sichuan Airlines issued a statement via Chinese social media citing "mechanical failure", as a possible cause.

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