Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Windshield Blows Out of Chinese Passenger Jet, Co-pilot 'Sucked Halfway' Out

Windshield Blows Out of Chinese Passenger Jet, Co-pilot 'Sucked Halfway' Out Windshield Blows Out of Chinese Passenger Jet, Co-pilot 'Sucked Halfway' Out
Patty Aguilar | 16 May, 2018, 06:31

About an hour into a Sichuan Airlines flight headed from southwestern China to Tibet on Monday morning, the pilot heard a piercing sound, and then the windshield inexplicably shattered.

A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after one of his crew members was nearly sucked out of a window that shattered mid-flight. Captain Liu Chuanjian found himself in a turbulent struggle to maintain control of a plane full of 119 passengers. "Luckily his seatbelt was tied".

While not quite a common occurrence, this is not the first time a pilot has been sucked out of a cockpit window. He was able to be pulled back inside the plane. A quick-thinking flight attendant grabbed Lancaster's legs as he was flying out the window and held on.

Shockingly, everyone survived and the world got some downright jaw-dropping images.

"Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air", the captain said.

"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 kilometers (560 miles) an hour and at such a high altitude", Liu said, according to the Morning Post. Many devices were malfunctioned and the plane was jolting strongly.

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One unnamed passenger told the government-run China News Service that airline workers had been serving passengers food when the plane began to shake.

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.

'I'm still nervous. I don't dare to take an aeroplane anymore.

France's BEA accident investigation agency and Airbus are sending officials to China to investigate. "But I'm also happy I had a narrow escape".

Incidents involving cracked windshields do happen on a regular basis due to occurrences such as bird or lightning strikes but ones involving entire windshields coming off are rare.

This comes on the heels of last month's tragic incident when a passenger cabin window was smashed midflight on a Southwest Airlines plane, pulling a woman halfway out of that hole.

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