Airline co-pilot 'sucked halfway' out cockpit window, reports say

One of the plane’s pilots was partially sucked out of the aircraft according to his co-pilot. Source NewsflareMore

One of the plane’s pilots was partially sucked out of the aircraft according to his co-pilot. Source NewsflareMore

About 40 minutes after takeoff, the right cockpit windshield on a Sichuan Airlines flight broke off, causing decompression at 32,000 feet and leading to an emergency landing in Chengdu, China.

"I was thrown up in the air and fell for several times", Zhao told the China Youth Daily.

The cockpit's temperature dropped to -40C. There was an immediate loss in cockpit pressure and temperature drop.

The pilot said the equipment inside the cabin began having issues after the window fell out. The aircraft made a safe landing in Chengdu where only two injuries were reported-a member of the cockpit crew (likely the first officer) and another cabin crew member.

In a statement posted on social media, the airline said that 29 of the plane's 119 passengers were sent to a hospital for examination. Suddenly, the windshield just cracked and made a loud bang. In Chengdu, they switched to another aircraft and continued their journey to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air.

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While authorities continue to investigate the accident, Sichuan Airlines noted that the flight had experienced a "mechanical failure".

Pictures shared online show the co-pilot's side of the windshield gone and it emerged that he was nearly sucked out of the window by the sudden loss of pressure. "The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges", he added.

The remaining passengers were told to take another flight at 11:50am to fly to Lhasa Gonggar Airport.

The co-pilot was wearing a seatbelt and was pulled back in, suffering only minor injuries, the report said.

A video shows oxygen masks deployed, and flight attendants walking up and down the aisle to give passengers instructions on how to disembark.

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.

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