Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

A Sichuan Airlines co-pilot was sucked halfway out of a cockpit window

Pilot 'sucked halfway out' after cockpit windshield shatters Pilot 'sucked halfway out' of plane after windshield broke at 32000 feet – how often does this happen?
Sammy Stanley | 15 May, 2018, 23:18

Workers inspect a Sichuan Airlines aircraft that made an emergency landing after a windshield on the cockpit broke off, at an airport in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China May 14, 2018.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the co-pilot had a sprained wrist and facial cuts after his ordeal.

Captain Liu Chuanjian said the Airbus A319 had been cruising mid-air when a deafening sound flooded the cockpit.

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

On April 17, an engine of the fatal Southwest Airlines flight 1380 exploded midair and ultimately killed passenger Jennifer Riordan, who was "partially sucked out" of the shattered window. He says he felt the cold air and saw how the cockpit door opened. "The noise was so loud that we could barely hear the radio".

The co-pilot and one cabin crew member suffered minor injuries in the incident, but no passengers were harmed. Footage recorded by the passengers also showed baggage falling from overhead lockers and oxygen masks popping out.

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Captain Liu Chuanjian's heroic actions moments after a cockpit windshield blew out on Monday, almost pulling his co-pilot from the Airbus A319, has won him praise from flight professionals and internet readers for saving over 100 people onboard.

Passengers described a loud bang, and said they felt the plane go into free fall for a few seconds before it stabilized.

Sichuan Airlines is a regional airline based in Chengdu; it mainly operates domestic flights, but also has worldwide routes to Canada, Japan and the Czech Republic. The plane was shaking so hard that I couldn't read the panels.

The carrier has since confirmed that Flight 3U8633 from Chongqing, China, to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa experienced a "mechanical failure", The Wall Street Journal reports.

Chinese aviation officials have not released a cause for the broken windshield. It said it had switched the flight's passengers to another aircraft to carry on their journey to Lhasa. He added that all of the oxygen masks dropped out. One other member of cabin crew was injured in the descent, but none of the 119 passengers were hurt.

CAAC of Southwest Regional Administration and Sichuan Airlines will carry out further investigations. A quick-thinking flight attendant grabbed Lancaster's legs as he was flying out the window and held on. The plane had been traveling at 800 to 900 kilometers per hour when the windshield suddenly broke.

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