Sichuan Airlines copilot sucked out of cockpit through broken window

Frederick Owens
May 16, 2018

A co-pilot of Sichuan Airlines Flight 3U8633 was sucked halfway out of the cockpit window before managing to return to his seat, Chinese state media reported. All passengers were safe, although the co-pilot sustained injuries to the face and waist, and another crew member was slightly hurt during the emergency landing.

According to Reuters, the cockpit experienced a sudden loss of pressure and drop in temperature just as the plane reached its cruising altitude of 32,000 feet.

After the captain heard a deafening sound, he looked over and noticed the right windshield was missing.

The co-pilot, who was wearing a seatbelt, was fortunately pulled back in, only suffering scratches and a sprained wrist, the China's Civil Aviation Administration said, while another cabin crew member was also injured in the descent. "The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges".

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.

Liu was hailed as a hero on social media after being forced to land the Airbus A319 manually following the decompression, The Independent reports.

The airline will soon conduct an investigation, and the Sichuan Airlines incident happened almost one month after a woman died on a Southwest Airlines flight when her window broke.

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The co-pilot nearly got sucked out of the cockpit but kept calm, according to Chinese state television station CCTV. "The noise was so loud that we could barely hear the radio". "We just tried our best to reassure the passengers and make everyone believe us that we could touch down safely", Zhou Yanwen, the injured flight attendant, was quoted as saying by China News Service.

"Then the oxygen masks dropped". More than 50 took a later flight, arriving in Lhasa by the afternoon.

"It happened as the flight attendants were serving our meals".

The CAA said the windshield showed no signs of malfunction that required any maintenance prior to the incident.

An investigation into how the incident occurred has now been launched.

Cracked windscreens are fairly common, caused by birds or lightning strikes, but to have one come off completely is unusual.

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