Chinese plane windshield pops out mid-flight

Clay Curtis
May 15, 2018

A plane carrying 128 people made an emergency landing in southwest China on Monday after a cockpit window broke, injuring the co-pilot and a flight attendant, authorities said.

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.

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"The windshield cracked suddenly and gave a huge bang".

The Sichuan Airlines plane, 3U8633, was scheduled to fly from Chongqing to Lhasa. "The next thing I know, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out of the window", he was quoted as saying. The co-pilot had his seat belt on, preventing him from being sucked out of the plane. Chinese social media users praised the pilots for landing the flight safely without incurring any passenger injuries. Most of the equipment malfunctioned. and I couldn't hear the radio.

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. "The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges", he said.

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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.

Flying data showed the aircraft was on the cruising altitude of 9,750 metres but then dropped suddenly to 7,300 metres.

One veteran pilot who did not wish to be named said the crew had handled the incident masterfully.

Passengers were unhurt, but the cockpit's temperature dropped to -40C and a co-pilot was partially sucked out of the plane, the captain said.

"The cockpit temperature dropped to -40C and most of the controls went faulty".

He added that several passengers had fallen over but the turbulence reduced after crew pushed the door closed.

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