A co-pilot of a Sichuan Airlines aircraft was hardly sucked out of a shattered cockpit window when the plane was flying at an altitude of 30,000ft.
The co-pilot survived the skirmish with a few cuts on his face and a sprained wrist. A flight attendant also suffered an maltreatment from the incident but all 119 passengers on-board remained unharmed.
Flying captain Liu Chuanjian and his crew managed to make an emergency landing at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport in southern China, articled cnn.com.
“Chuanjian said that there was no sign before the windshield belied, only a huge noise that appeared suddenly.”
At the time of the occasion, the Airbus A319 aircraft was travelling from Chongqing, China, to Lhasa, Tibet.
China’s Proper Aviation Administration (CAA) official Jiang Wenxue was quoted by Xinhua as asserting: “The situation was very critical. The windshield was blown off at a 10,000m high altitude.
“The aircraft was in a style of low pressure and a temperature was -30°C to -40°C.”
According to China News Service, Chuanjian put that there was no sign before the windshield exploded, only a great noise that appeared suddenly.
Chuanjian further added: “When I looked at the other side, the co-pilot was to some extent blown out of the aircraft. Luckily, he had the belt buckled up.
“Many devices were malfunctioned and the slide was jolting strongly. It was very difficult to control.”
An investigation into the fact has already been launched.