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Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Plane's cockpit window ripped out at 32000ft to force emergency landing

Plane's cockpit window ripped out at 32000ft to force emergency landing

A Sichuan Airlines plane flying from the southwest Chinese city of Chongqing to Lhasa in Tibet has been forced to make an emergency landing in Chengdu after the right-hand side of the cockpit windshield broke off mid-flight. All passengers are safe, although the co-pilot sustained injuries on the face and waist, and another crew member was slightly hurt during the emergency landing, according to the CAAC.

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. "The next thing I know, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out of the window", Liu told Chengdu Economic Daily after making an emergency landing, saving the lives of all 119 passengers.

According to Sichuan Airlines, the reason was due to a "mechanical failure" but no further details were available.

The flight, Sichuan Airlines 3U8633, took off from Chongqing on Monday morning and was bound for the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

A policeman stands guard in front of a China Southern Airlines plane as the plane of USA first lady Michelle Obama departs from Chengdu airport, Sichuan province, March 26, 2014.

Parts of the cockpit, including the autopilot control panel, flew off the dashboard. He said anything that was not screwed down was "floating in the air".

Footage was published showing the broken window and equipment in the cockpit, as well as oxygen masks dangling from the ceiling of the cabin.

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

Zeng Jun, one of the passengers, told Chengdu Business Daily: "The plane suddenly descended after flying about an hour in the air".

Sichuan Airlines, a regional airline headquartered in Chengdu, operates mostly domestic flights but also flies internationally to countries such as Japan, Canada, and the Czech Republic.

A Chinese pilot was almost sucked out of a plane with 119 passengers aboard when one of the cockpit windows fell out mid-flight.

An investigation into how the incident occurred has now been launched. On May 3, another Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing after a cabin window pane cracked in flight.

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