Co-pilot 'sucked halfway' out of plane after explosive decompression at 32000ft

  • Co-pilot 'sucked halfway' out of plane after explosive decompression at 32000ft

Co-pilot 'sucked halfway' out of plane after explosive decompression at 32000ft

Chuanjian said he saw his co-pilot being sucked halfway out of the window, but he managed to pull him back.

"There was no warning sign", Captain Liu Chuanjian was quoted as saying by Reuters. The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges. At the front of the plane, the pilot was fighting for the life of his colleague - who at that point had been nearly entirely sucked out of the plane and was only being held back by his seat belt.

One other member of the plane's cabin crew was injured, although none of the plane's 119 passengers was injured. The co-pilot and a flight attendant suffered injuries as the right-side windshield broke, damaging some equipment in the A319's cockpit as the jet lost cabin pressure. It made the emergency landing at Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, 250 miles west of Chongqing, half an hour after take-off.

Speaking on the incident, the Sichuan Airlines issued a statement on its official Weibo account and claimed that the issue was a "mechanical failure" and that the passengers were soon taken to their destination in a different flight, the news agency reported.

In April a woman died after being partially sucked through a broken plane window on a flight bound for Dallas.

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

Why do cockpit windshields crack?

While freezing air was blasting into the cockpit, Liu struggled to maintain control of the turbulence that was throwing the plane into chaos. However, they are not indestructible. One flight attendant was injured by the food cart before strapping herself into the nearest seat.

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

An investigation into how the incident occurred has now been launched.

Another cause could be a malfunctioning component within the cockpit.

The airline will soon conduct an investigation, and the Sichuan Airlines incident happened almost one month after a woman died on a Southwest Airlines flight when her window broke.

No details have yet been released as to why the windshield broke. Many aircraft have electronically heated windshields to soften the acrylic layer of the window in case of a bird strike.

A total of 59 passengers were told to take another flight at 11:50am to fly to Lhasa Gonggar Airport while the remaining travellers sought alternative transport, such as high-speed train.