Co-Pilot Sucked Partway Out of Plane After Cockpit Window Breaks Off

Pauline Gross
May 15, 2018

Despite these difficulties, the pilot - who was hailed as a hero on social media - managed to slow the aircraft from its original speed of about 800-900 kph and land in about 20 minutes after the plane was damaged.

An aviation blogger said online that the pilot would have had to land the Airbus A319 in hard conditions, with low temperatures in the cockpit, strong winds and some equipment not functioning properly, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

He told a local paper that there was no warning sign. "The next thing I know, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out of the window", Captain Liu Chuanjian told the Chengdu Business Daily.

'Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air. Most of the equipment malfunctioned. and I couldn't hear the radio. He explained that the plane was shaking and that he could not hear well.

The co-pilot, who was wearing a seatbelt, was pulled back in. As per the Civil Aviation Administration of China, all the 119 passengers were marked safe.

The flight, Sichuan Airlines 3U8633, left the central Chinese municipality of Chongqing on Monday morning and was bound for the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. On May 3, another Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing after a cabin window pane cracked in flight.

The right side portion of the glareshield instrument panel was sucked out of the aircraft through the windscreen hole, crippling the Flight Control Unit (FCU), forcing the crew to fly the aircraft manually.

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Some passengers cried out and others vomited and felt dizziness, she was quoted as saying. "The oxygen masks on the plane all dropped out", he said.

They added: "I'm still nervous". But I'm also happy I had a narrow escape'.

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

The cockpit windshield is a very important part of an aircraft and may be the strongest glass on the craft.

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

The explosive decompression blew off the cockpit's right windshield and dragged the co-pilot headfirst towards the window.

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