Sichuan Airlines flight forced to land, pilot 'sucked halfway' out, says captain

Frederick Owens
May 15, 2018

A Sichuan Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing after the cockpit windscreen was ripped out in mid-air.

However, according to the website of Civil Aviation Administration of China's (CAAC) Southwest Regional Administration, the co-pilot and a cabin crew of the flight suffered minor injuries.

It was unclear how badly the co-pilot, who suffered facial and waist injuries, had been hurt. Chuanjian told Chengdu Business Daily that his co-pilot was sucked almost halfway out of the flight after the windshield blew out, resulting in a sudden loss of pressure and drop in temperature.

Pilot Liu Chuanjian told the Red Star News, a local news portal, that the windshield had given way without warning around 150km from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

Liu Chuanjian, hailed a hero on social media after having to land the Airbus A319 manually, told the Chengdu Economic Daily his aircraft had just reached a cruising altitude of 32,000 feet when a deafening sound tore through the cockpit.

Sichuan Airlines said on its official Weibo account that the flight had experienced a "mechanical failure" without providing further details.

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"The windshield cracked suddenly and gave a huge bang". With the captain pressed against the window frame for 20 minutes, the co-pilot made a safe landing.

A Chinese pilot was almost sucked out of a plane with 119 passengers aboard when one of the cockpit windows fell out mid-flight. He said anything that was not screwed down was "floating in the air". Most of the equipment malfunctioned ... and I couldn't hear the radio.

It made its emergency landing in the southwest city of Chengdu. After landing, several passengers were transported to nearby hospitals. He added that all of the oxygen masks dropped out. He explained that the plane was shaking and that he could not hear well.

The cabin crew had been handing out breakfast to passengers when the plane pitched forward.

Zhang Wei, a council member of the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics, said the broken windshield could have damaged the aircraft's structure, causing it to be unable to fly or causing more serious problems if it does. He survived the incident, which occurred on a BAC-111 jet.

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