Sichuan Airlines copilot sucked out of cockpit through broken window

Co-pilot survives being sucked halfway out of cockpit window

Co-pilot survives being sucked halfway out of cockpit window

A Sichuan Airlines plane flying from the southwest Chinese city of Chongqing to Lhasa in Tibet has been forced to make an emergency landing in Chengdu after the right-hand side of the cockpit windshield broke off mid-flight.

The captain looked to his right and saw the right windshield was gone after a deafening roar tore through the cockpit, which lost pressure, with the temperature dropping rapidly as well. "There was no warning sign", he said.

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.

Mr Liu had to land the Airbus A319 immediately, a task made more hard because the instruments malfunctioned and it was too loud to use the radio. Everyone on the flight made it out safely and none of the 119 passengers on board were injured, according to reports.

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Chinese authorities and Airbus are investigating why a plane's windshield blew out midflight, forcing an emergency landing, in an unusual mishap for a country with a booming aviation market and exemplary air safety record. It said it had switched the flight's passengers to another aircraft to carry on their journey to Lhasa. He survived the incident, which occurred on a BAC-111 jet. Back on April 17, a Southwest flight over the US experienced a passenger cabin window getting blown out and a passenger was partially sucked out of the aircraft through that hole.

Mrs Riordan, a banking executive, was pulled back into the aircraft by other passengers, who attempted to resuscitate her, but she later died of her injuries. The injured co-pilot suffered scratches and a sprained wrist.

But a string of recent inflight incidents involving broken windows have caused alarm among many travelers, to the point where at least one consumer survey shows that a few fliers are even avoiding window seat assignments.

Sichuan Airlines is a regional airline based in Chengdu; it mainly operates domestic flights, but also has worldwide routes to Canada, Japan and the Czech Republic.

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However, McGee says that for every shattered cockpit windshield that is reported, there is likely to be one that is not.

Liu described the terror as he managed to regain control of his aircraft during a taped interview with the Chengdu Business News.

Recently, Southwest pilot Tammie Jo Shults was credited with landing a plane after an engine exploded in mid-air, leaving one passenger dead.

The passenger said, "I'm still nervous". With the captain pressed against the window frame for 20 minutes, the co-pilot made a safe landing.

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