China: Sichuan Airlines Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Cockpit Window Falls

Chinese plane windshield pops out mid-flight

Pilot 'sucked out of cockpit window' landed plane after being pulled back in

A Sichuan Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing on Monday after a cockpit window cracked and blew out of the plane.

Sichuan Airlines Flight 3U8633 left the central Chinese municipality of Chongqing on Monday bound for the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. One crew member was injured during descent, according to Reuters.

"I was thrown up in the air and fell for several times", Zhao told the China Youth Daily. The co-pilot had his seat belt on, preventing him from being sucked out of the plane. There was an immediate loss in cockpit pressure and temperature drop.

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The Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement that part of the cockpit window broke as the plane was flying over Chengdu. According to the airline's Weibo account, Sichuan Airlines claimed the incident was the result of a "mechanical failure", but no details have been given as to what caused the windshield to break off.

The aircraft was shaking ferociously and he could not read the metres.

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Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air.

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.

CAAC of Southwest Regional Administration and Sichuan Airlines will carry out further investigations. The passenger who spoke to China Youth Daily said that he was sitting in the middle of the plane. Footage recorded by the passengers also showed baggage falling from overhead lockers and oxygen masks popping out.

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It was unclear how badly the co-pilot, who suffered facial and waist injuries, had been hurt.

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