Co-Pilot Sucked Partway Out of Plane After Cockpit Window Breaks Off

Co-Pilot Sucked Partway Out of Plane After Cockpit Window Breaks Off

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

"Without any sign, the windshield blasted open with a huge bang", pilot Liu Chuanjian told Chengu Economic Daily.

"The sudden loss of pressure and low temperature made me very uncomfortable and it was very hard to make a single move when the aircraft was flying at 900 kilometres an hour and at such a high altitude", Liu said.

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. The aircraft, which had been traveling at 800 to 900 k/hr, went into a nosedive that lasted five to six seconds, according to the newspaper.

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. "When we finally landed, some of the women were in tears", he said.

A pilot successfully performed an emergency landing in China yesterday after a cockpit windshield suddenly broke and fell off during the flight.

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The co-pilot was pulled back into the cockpit and suffered facial injuries and a sprained wrist, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said.

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

In 1990, one of the pilots on British Airways Flight 5390 was blown partially out of the cabin window after its windshield blew out at 23,000 feet.

Li Xiaohu, head of safety for the aviation administration's Southwest Regional Administration, said an investigation has begun and the reason the windshield shattered will be looked into.

The remaining passengers were told to take another flight at 11:50am to fly to Lhasa Gonggar Airport.

"He had half of his body sucked out the broken windshield at that time due to the sudden change of pressure". CAAC also said that the windshield was part of the original aircraft and had no previously recorded faults. This incident is very odd and only further investigation will lead to a resolution, Zhang added.