This Pilot Was Partially Sucked Out of the Cockpit Window

This Pilot Was Partially Sucked Out of the Cockpit Window

This Pilot Was Partially Sucked Out of the Cockpit Window

The flight was 30 minutes in the air when its front right windshield became detached, opening the cockpit to the atmosphere outside.

"The windshield burst suddenly and a loud noise was heard, and when I looked to the side, I saw that the co-pilot was already halfway out of the window".

"There was no warning sign. 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. "The next thing I knew, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out". Many devices were malfunctioning and the plane was jolting strongly. "The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges", Liu said.

Liu Chuanjian has been hailed a hero on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform, after he successfully landed the Airbus A319 manually on Monday with his co-pilot. 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.

"Some people were screaming, but the crew told us that the pilot had the ability to bring us home safely, which calmed our emotions", said Phuntsog, 25.

We didn't know what was going on and we panicked.

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

'We experienced a few seconds of free fall before it stabilised again.

"I don't dare to take an airplane anymore", one passenger told Chinese media. "But I'm also happy I had a narrow escape".

The plane was flying from Chongqing to the Tibetan city of Lhasa when the cockpit windshield shattered.

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. However, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China's (CAAC) Southwest Regional Administration, the co-pilot suffered scratches and a wrist sprain. None of the passengers, including the copilot, were severely harmed as a result of the incident.

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

Reuters notes that in 1990 a pilot on a British Airways flight was also pulled partially out of the cockpit window but survived.

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