Co-pilot 'sucked halfway' out of cockpit on Chinese airline after window breaks

Chinese plane windshield pops out mid-flight

The co-pilot of a Chinese plane was "sucked halfway out" of the aircraft after a cockpit windshield blew out during a flight that took place on Monday morning.

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.

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.

In an interview with the Chengdu Business News, Captain Liu Chuanjian explained that after he heard the windshield crack, he turned to his co-pilot to see "half his body suspended out of the window".

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

He was referring to Chesley Sullenberger, a US Airways pilot who was hailed as a national hero in January 2009 after he managed to save the lives of 155 passengers and crew by landing his stricken airliner in New York's Hudson River. Most of the equipment malfunctioned. and I couldn't hear the radio. Chuanjian noticed a sudden loss of pressure and rapid drop in temperature.

"We didn't know what was going on and we panicked", one passenger told the state-run China News Service. When all was said and done, the emergency landing was successful and other than the attendant and co-pilot with minor injuries, everyone else was shaken, but fine.

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The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the Sichuan Airlines co-pilot was treated for scratches and a sprained wrist.

Twenty-seven of the 119 passengers on board the Airbus A319 were injured, Sichuan Airlines said in a statement.

The passenger said, "I'm still nervous".

Summary: A sixth flight has reported a window-related accident in the past month. "But I'm also happy I had a narrow escape".

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

The harrowing incident comes almost a month after a woman on a Southwest Airlines flight from NY died after shrapnel from a blown engine smashed her window, forcing out part of her body.

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