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'Heroic' captain makes emergency landing after aircraft windshield breaks at 32000 feet

'Heroic' captain makes emergency landing after aircraft windshield breaks at 32000 feet

Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 was forced to perform an extreme emergency landing in China after one of the cockpit's windshields shattered, almost sucking the co-pilot out of the plane at 32,000 feet.

According to Reuters, though no passengers were injured in the incident, the Civil Aviation Administration of China's Southwest Regional Administration (CAAC) stated that one of the pilots suffered scratches and waist pains.

A Chinese pilot safely landed an Airbus passenger plane after a window blew out at 32,000ft, partly pulling his co-pilot from the cockpit and instantly dropping the temperature below freezing.

"The windshield cracked suddenly and gave a huge bang".

The flight, Sichuan Airlines 3U8633, took off from Chongqing on Monday morning and was bound for the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. "Luckily his seatbelt was tied", pilot Liu Chuanjian told the Chengdu Business Daily. The co-pilot had his seat belt on, preventing him from being sucked out of the plane.

The cockpit experienced a sudden loss of pressure and drop in temperature and when he looked over, the cockpit's right windshield was gone.

The co-pilot was cut on the face and suffered an injury to the lower back. Most of the equipment malfunctioned. and I couldn't hear the radio. The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges'.

Flying data showed the aircraft was on the cruising altitude of 9,750 metres but then dropped suddenly to 7,300 metres.

The windshield separation caused rapid cabin decompression damaging cockpit avionics and injuring one of the pilot possibly the first officer.

"The oxygen masks on the plane all dropped out".

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

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 member of cabin crew was also said to have been injured although details were not immediately made available.

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