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Co-Pilot Of Chinese Airlines Gets Half Sucked Out Of Plane At 32,000 Feet, Survives!

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| May 16 , 2018 , 09:56 IST

A Chinese passenger jet of the China Sichuan Airlines cruising mid-air at a height of 32,000ft (9,753m) was forced into an emergency landing after its windscreen blew out, sucking the co-pilot halfway out of the plane, media reported on Tuesday. Luckily, since the co-pilot had been wearing a seatbelt he was dragged back into the cockpit, while the pressure and temperature dropped.

Captain Liu Chuanjian speaking to Chengdu Economic Daily said that there was no warning when the Airbus A319 had been cruising, before a deafening sound flooded the cockpit.

"The windshield just cracked and made a loud bang. The next thing I knew, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out," said Chuanjian.

The co-pilot sustained only minor injuries, with a sprained wrist and facial cuts.

"Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air. I couldn't hear the radio. The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges," said the Captain.

The Sichuan Airlines 3U8633 was en route from south-west China's Chongqing to Tibet's Lhasa with 119 passengers onboard when the windshield cracked, plunging the plant to 24,000 feet from 32,000 feet.

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Captain Liu's quick action resulted in the safe landing of the flight, and he was hailed as 'China Hero Pilot' on the Chinese micro-blogging site Sina Weibo on Tuesday, with more than 17.8 million comments.

Windscreen cracks are considerably common and are often caused by lightning bolts or 'bird strikes' when birds hit the plane at lower altitudes, however, the loss of a whole screen is rare.

Meanwhile, Airbus and the BEA accident investigation agency of France are sending teams to China to investigate the incident.