Sichuan Airlines co-pilot sucked halfway out of cockpit window

Pilot, 27, 'gets sucked out of a cockpit window at 32000ft' after windshield shattered on a 119-passenger plane

As pilot Liu Chuanjian flew over Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Monday, the righthand side cockpit window broke, and his co-pilot was nearly sucked out.

Sichuan Airlines Flight 3U8633 left the central Chinese municipality of Chongqing on Monday bound for the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. It made its emergency landing in the south-west city of Chengdu.

The captain, Liu Chuanjian, told reporters there was "no warning sign" before the front right windshield of the Airbus A319 suddenly "cracked and made a loud bang".

"The next thing I know, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out of the window", he revealed.

The only injuries reported were to the co-pilot, who suffered a sprained wrist and facial cuts, and another crew member, who was slightly hurt as the plane dropped, Chinese aviation officials said. "The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges", he was quoted as saying by Chinese media.

In one month there has been several window and engine related problems resulting in one death and several emergency landings.

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Sichuan Airlines, a regional company based in Chengdu, offers flights to domestic regions in China and various other worldwide locations, including Japan, Canada and the Czech Republic. Many devices were malfunctioned and the plane was jolting strongly.

The captain said his co-pilot was partly "sucked out of the broken windshield".

But in mid-April, a female passenger died after being partially sucked out of a Southwest Airlines flight in the United States when one of the aircraft's engines exploded. The flight attendants were in the process of serving dinner at the time the window smashed and the jarring of the airplane caused food to go everywhere. "We just tried our best to reassure the passengers and make everyone believe us that we could touch down safely", a flight attendant said. Video shared on social media showed passengers wearing oxygen masks.

"The cockpit window broke all of a sudden, followed by a loud noise", Liu recalled.

Both were taken to Chengdu No.1 People's Hospital, along with 27 passengers who said they were unwell after the incident.

An investigation into how the incident occurred has now been launched. The airline did not immediately comment Tuesday about what led to the shattered windshield, but apologized and referred to the incident as "mechanical failures".

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