Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Co-pilot almost sucked through cockpit window after it shatters and falls out

Co-pilot almost sucked through cockpit window after it shatters and falls out

An airliner was forced to make an emergency landing in southwest China after part of the cockpit window fell out mid-flight.

A co-pilot who was on a Sichuan Airlines flight was "sucked halfway" out of the plane after a cockpit windshield blew out. A cabin crew member was also injured but none of the 119 passengers were hurt. He said he was thrown up in the air and fell during the incident. The co-pilot had his seat belt on, preventing him from being sucked out of the plane.

The cockpit experienced a sudden loss of pressure and drop in temperature and when he looked over, the cockpit's right windshield was gone. "The next thing I know, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out of the window", Captain Liu Chuanjian told the Chengdu Business Daily.

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Within in 20 minutes at around 7.46am, the captain safely landed the plane at the airport.

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. According to the airline's Weibo account, Sichuan Airlines claimed the incident was the result of a "mechanical failure", but no details have been given as to what caused the windshield to break off.

The co-pilot was pulled back as he was wearing a seatbelt.

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Mr Chuanjian, who was hailed a hero after landing the Airbus A319 manually in China, said: 'There was no warning sign. The plane was flying from the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing in China to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. He says he felt the cold air and saw how the cockpit door opened.

The aircraft was shaking ferociously and he could not read the metres.

It said it had switched the flight's passengers to another aircraft to carry on their journey to Lhasa. "The oxygen masks on the plane all dropped out", he said.

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Sichuan Airlines, a regional airline headquartered in Chengdu, operates mostly domestic flights but also flies internationally to countries such as Japan, Canada, and the Czech Republic.

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