Thursday, 23 May, 2019

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

Pilot 'sucked halfway out' after cockpit windshield shatters Pilot 'sucked halfway out' of plane after windshield broke at 32000 feet – how often does this happen?
Deanna Wagner | 15 May, 2018, 23:09

Aviation authorities have launched an investigation after the cockpit windshield of a Sichuan Airlines flight blew out in midair, sucking the co-pilot partly out of the aircraft.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the co-pilot had a sprained wrist and facial cuts after his ordeal. The cockpit experienced a sudden loss of pressure and drop in temperature and its right windshield was gone.

The trouble left 2 crewmembers injured, including a co-pilot who was partly sucked out of the aircraft.

The captain told Chinese media his co-pilot sustained injuries after the top half of his body dangled in mid-air.

"Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air", the captain said. Along with the pilot, a cabin crew member of the airline also suffered injuries though the injuries are of minor nature. None of the 119 passengers onboard was hurt after the aircraft suffered the rapid decompression and made its unscheduled landing in the capital of southwestern China's Sichuan province.

A total of 59 passengers were told to take another flight at 11:50am to fly to Lhasa Gonggar Airport while the remaining travellers sought alternative transport, such as high-speed train.

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Two crew members were injured when a commercial flight operated by Sichuan Airlines was forced to make an emergency. But he managed to land the plane, to much praise. On Monday, a Sichuan Airlines flight made an emergency landing after a windscreen in its cockpit was ripped out mid-flight.

The video, filmed in Flight 3U8633 from Chongqing to Lhasa on May 14, shows passengers using oxygen masks and a flight attendant saying: "Those exits can not be opened" and "Be safe". People were shocked and started screaming, and some even started vomiting. "Just a huge noise", Capt. Liu said, according to state news agency China News Service. He added that all of the oxygen masks dropped out.

Sichuan Airlines is a regional airline based in Chengdu; it mainly operates domestic flights, but also has worldwide routes to Canada, Japan and the Czech Republic.

"The plane was nearing mountainous areas, which makes it more hard to descend", said another pilot with Sichuan Airlines.

In recent weeks, window-related accidents on planes have resulted in one death and four other emergency landings.