Chinese Pilot Lands Flight After Window Falls Off, Copilot Nearly Sucked Out

Chinese Pilot Lands Flight After Window Falls Off, Copilot Nearly Sucked Out

Captain Liu Chuanjian said the Airbus A319 had been cruising mid-air when a deafening sound flooded the cockpit.

He told Chengdu Business Daily there were no warning sign when one of the windshields on the right-hand side of the cockpit shattered.

Mr Liu, a former flight instructor for the Chinese air force, said the plane was vibrating strongly and it was impossible to read the instruments.

In 1990, one of the pilots on British Airways Flight 5390 was blown partially out of the cabin window after its windshield blew out at 23,000 feet. Luckily, he had the belt buckled up. Most of the equipment was malfunctioning.

With the plane's autopilot system down, Liu added that he had no other choice than to fly the craft manually and that he felt confident in doing so because he has "flown this route 100 times and knows everything very well". A quick-thinking flight attendant grabbed Lancaster's legs as he was flying out the window and held on.

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. It mainly operates domestic flights, along with some worldwide services to countries including Japan, Canada and the Czech Republic. It also has worldwide routes to Canada, Japan and the Czech Republic. The co-pilot sucked out of the window suffered a sprain wrist and scratches, whilst one other member of the crew was injured during the descent, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The plane landed and evacuated all passengers safely.

A video published online by the People's Daily shows oxygen masks deployed, and flight attendants walking up and down the aisle to give passengers instructions on how to disembark.

A Sichuan Airlines flight headed from China to Tibet had to make an emergency landing after some of the windshield in the cockpit shattered in the middle of the flight.

Aviation authorities responsible for China's southwestern region sent urgent messages on Monday to aviation companies and maintenance units, telling them what happened and asking them to be vigilant to prevent similar incidents and requiring aircraft maintenance personnel to screen related parts to get rid of hidden perils. "They used the wrong screws", when installing the window, Goglia says.

Sichuan Airlines issued a statement via Chinese social media citing "mechanical failure", as a possible cause.

After the cockpit window breaks in southwest China, pilot pilot who made the plane's landing safely, praised China as a hero.

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