Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Co-pilot half-sucked out of plane after windshield bursts at 32000 feet

Co-pilot half-sucked out of plane after windshield bursts at 32000 feet

Chinese aviation authorities are reviewing how the cockpit windshield of a Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 aircraft detached midflight, causing the co-pilot to be "sucked halfway" out at 32,000 feet on May 14.

About 27 passengers sought medical assistance after the plane made an emergency landing in Chengdu, China, though airline officials say none appeared to be seriously hurt. According to co-pilot Captain Liu Chuanjian, it was something they didn't see coming at all. "Luckily his seatbelt was tied", he told the Chengdu Business Daily. Everyone on the flight made it out safely and none of the 119 passengers on board were injured, according to reports.

A CO-PILOT was "sucked halfway" out of a plane after a cockpit windshield blew out.

"Fortunately, his seat belt was fastened", Liu added about the first officer, who was dragged back into the windswept cockpit, where the pressure and temperature plummeted. A quick-thinking flight attendant grabbed Lancaster's legs as he was flying out the window and held on. Another cabin crew member suffered a slight injury to the waist as the plane dropped.

Shockingly, everyone survived and the world got some downright jaw-dropping images. Most of the equipment was malfunctioning.

Reuters quoted the captain as saying, "everything in the cockpit was floating in the air".

Mr Liu, a former flight instructor for the Chinese air force, said the plane was vibrating strongly and it was impossible to read the instruments. Passengers were being served their breakfast when the plane plunged suddenly to 24,000ft from above 30,000 feet. Oxygen masks dropped. The plane dropped for a few seconds before it "stabilized again". "People were shocked", an unidentified passenger said. None of the passengers, including the copilot, were severely harmed as a result of the incident. I don't dare to take an airplane anymore.

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.

It comes two months after a woman died after being partially sucked out of the window of a United States passenger plane, whose engine had exploded in mid-air.

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