China Sichuan Airlines co-pilot almost sucked out of plane
A Chinese co-pilot was sucked halfway out of the cockpit window.
CHENGDU, CHINA — A Sichuan Airlines co-pilot was sucked halfway out of an aircraft cockpit when it windshield shattered mid-flight, according to Chinese state media.
Flight 3U8633 was flying from Chongqing to Lhasa. The Airbus A319 aircraft was carrying 119 passengers.
Captain Liu Chuanjian told the Chengdu Economic Daily, the aircraft was cruising mid-flight when the windshield suddenly cracked and made a loud bang.
The co-pilot was sucked halfway out of the cockpit window, but he was wearing his seatbelt. He was dragged back into the cockpit.
The plane was then forced to make an emergency landing. None of the passengers were harmed. The co-pilot suffered scratches and a sprained wrist.
An investigation has started into the incident.
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