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

The Sichuan Airlines flight was sent into chaos when one part of the plane’s windscreen fell out. Source NewsflareMore

"The entire aircraft was vibrating and it was impossible to see the instruments and it was hard to operate", pilot Liu Chuanjian told reporters from the Chengdu Business Daily of the ordeal. However, according to the website of Civil Aviation Administration of China's (CAAC) Southwest Regional Administration, the co-pilot and a cabin crew of the flight suffered minor injuries.

The plane landed safely at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and no one was harmed.

"He had half of his body sucked out the broken windshield at that time due to the sudden change of pressure", he said. Chuanjian told Chengdu Business Daily that his co-pilot was sucked almost halfway out of the flight after the windshield blew out, resulting in a sudden loss of pressure and drop in temperature.

All passengers were unhurt, but the cockpit's temperature dropped to -40C and a co-pilot was partially sucked out of the plane.

'The exploded window caused the cockpit to decompress immediately, everything in the cockpit was floating in the air.

Xu Ruichen, 27, was saved by his seat belt after the windshield in front of him suddenly broke and fell off the Sichuan Airlines plane carrying 119 passengers, said the captain of the flight to Chinese media.

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The co-pilot was pulled back as he was wearing a seatbelt.

Passengers flew on to their destination on another aircraft. We didn't know what was going on and we panicked.

A video shows oxygen masks deployed, and flight attendants walking up and down the aisle to give passengers instructions on how to disembark. "We experienced a few seconds of free fall before it stabilised again", an unnamed passenger told China News Service. An investigation into how the incident occurred is underway. But I'm also happy I had a narrow escape'.

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

The flight, Sichuan Airlines 3U8633, took off from Chongqing on Monday morning and was bound for the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

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