Airbus co-pilot is sucked halfway out of cockpit window

  • Airbus co-pilot is sucked halfway out of cockpit window

Airbus co-pilot is sucked halfway out of cockpit window

A Sichuan Airlines co-pilot was "sucked halfway out" of a plane when the front windshield blew out Tuesday.

The flight, Sichuan Airlines 3U8633, left the central Chinese municipality of Chongqing at 6.25am on Monday morning and was bound for the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

The pilot made an emergency landing in the southwest city of Chengdu.

Speaking to the Chengdu Economic Daily, Liu said the cockpit's right windshield broke off after the plane hit 32,000 feet.

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". The co-pilot suffered scratches and a sprained wrist, but survived thanks to his seatbelt, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. "The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges", said Captain Chaunjian of the accident.

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.

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. Many devices were malfunctioning and the plane was jolting strongly.

"The cockpit window broke all of a sudden, followed by a loud noise", Liu recalled.

But in mid-April, a female passenger died after being partially sucked out of a Southwest Airlines flight in the USA when one of the aircraft's engines exploded.

A passenger described the panic in the cabin to the China News Service.

Mobile phone footage emerged online showing flight attendants asking passengers to wear oxygen masks and put on safety belts.

"The windshield has not recorded any failures, nor did it require any maintenance and replacement work" before the incident, Tang Weibin said.

Millions of people in China commented on the pilot's actions on the Twitter-like social media platform Weibo, according to Agence France-Presse, with the most popular post titled "My Hero Captain".

The cause of the incident is still under investigation, he added.

Cockpit windscreens do crack sometimes after things like bird strikes, but it's rare for a whole section to break.