Pilot 'sucked halfway' out as plane windscreen breaks

Cheryl Sanders
May 15, 2018

The CAAC has also said that France's BEA accident investigation agency and Airbus are sending a team of experts to China to investigate the matter and find out what made the windshield break.

The captain looked to his right and saw the right windshield was gone after a deafening roar tore through the cockpit, which lost pressure, with the temperature dropping rapidly as well. The co-pilot suffered minor injuries after being pulled back in, and no passengers were injured.

He was referring to Chesley Sullenberger, a US Airways pilot who was hailed as a national hero in January 2009 after he managed to save the lives of 155 passengers and crew by landing his stricken airliner in New York's Hudson River.

'Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air.

The pilot added that the cabin equipment malfunctioned as a result and it was so noisy he could not hear the wireless.

The co-pilot suffered facial injuries while the flight attendant was slightly hurt during the landing, the statement said.

The Sichuan Airlines flight departed from the central Chinese municipality of Chongqing at 6.30am on Monday morning, due to arrive in Lhasa, Tibet at 9.30am.

After 20 minutes without a windshield, Mr Liu was able to safely land the plane. "Then the oxygen masks dropped.We experienced a few seconds of free fall before it stabilized again", a passenger told the state-run news site.

"The cockpit temperature dropped to minus 40 degree Celsius and most of the controls went faulty".

"The windshield cracked suddenly and gave a huge bang".

Shaking violently, the plane plunged to 24,000 feet. It said it had switched the flight's passengers to another aircraft to carry on their journey to Lhasa. None of the 128 passengers on board were injured, and they took another flight to their destination, according to reports.

Here are the pics of the horrifying incident where the pilots and travellers had a lucky escape as the cockpit windshield smashed!

Local media quoted the pilot as saying the window suddenly broke when it was flying at an altitude of about 10,000 meters almost 30 minutes after takeoff.

"The oxygen masks on the plane all dropped out". A quick-thinking flight attendant grabbed Lancaster's legs as he was flying out the window and held on.

The aircraft entered service on July 26, 2011 and up to May 14, 2018 had flown 19,912.25 hr. and 12,920 cycles, Sichuan Airlines said.

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