China Sichuan Airlines flight makes emergency landing after co-pilot 'sucked' out window

14 2018 shows employees checking a Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 after an emergency landing as a broken cockpit window is covered in Chengdu in China's northwestern Sichuan province.- The pilot who made an emergency landi

Liu had just leveled his aircraft at a cruising altitude of 32,000 feet when a deafening sound tore through the cockpit.

In an interview with the Chengdu Business News, Captain Liu Chuanjian explained that after he heard the windshield crack, he turned to his co-pilot to see "half his body suspended out of the window". Many devices were malfunctioning and the plane was jolting strongly. "The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges".

Calls to Liu's cellphone by China Daily went unanswered on Monday evening.

The airliner in question, Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 flight 3U8633, left Chongqing in southwestern China at 6.35 am bound for Lhasa, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

The cockpit windshield shattered about 7 am, about 100 kilometers into the journey, almost sucking a co-pilot from the plane. It lasted for about five, six seconds.

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

A video published online by the People's Daily shows oxygen masks deployed, and flight attendants walking up and down the aisle to give passengers instructions on how to disembark.

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"If there is any problem, we would replace the windshield", he said. He sustained scratches and a sprained wrist, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said, adding that one other cabin crew member was injured in the descent. Despite the fact that a great deal of equipment was rendered useless, the flight landed safely at Chengdu Shuangliu airport at 7.42 am, although some of the plane's tyres burst upon impact.

The statement also said all flight crew were in stable condition.

One of the plane's windshields reportedly shattered about one hour into the flight when the Airbus A319 was flying over the city of Chengdu.

China Aviation Review Tweeted that the pilot diverted to the Chinese city of Chengdu and made an emergency landing, after battling extreme cold, wind, and the absence of some instruments!

Authorities said they were investigating the cause of the windshield failure.

No details have been shared about what caused the windshield to break. Many aircraft have electronically heated windshields to soften the acrylic layer of the window in case of a bird strike. Now, China's airlines have a "superb record" and the country is "considered an extremely safe place" for air travel, Thomas said.

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