Co-pilot 'sucked halfway out' plane when windshield blows out at 32000 feet

Co-pilot 'sucked halfway out' plane when windshield blows out at 32000 feet

Most of the equipment was malfunctioning.

On April 15th, an Air China flight was diverted after a man briefly took hostage a crew member he was threatening with a fountain pen. "The aircraft was in a state of low pressure and a temperature was minus 30 to minus 40 degree Celsius", said Jiang Wenxue, a Civil Aviation Administration official, reported state news agency Xinhua. None of the plane's 119 passengers were injured and the aircraft safely landed at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport in southern China. Witnesses said that the people on the flight were screaming when the windshield broke, and that the incident occurred while the flight attendants were serving meals.

"The windshield has not recorded any failures, nor did it require any maintenance and replacement work" before the incident, Tang Weibin said. "It was very hard to control", he added.

The flight, Sichuan Airlines 3U8633, left the central Chinese municipality of Chongqing at 6.25am on Monday morning and was bound for the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. The victim, Jennifer Riordan, was also partially sucked out of the window.

It comes two months after a woman died after being partially sucked out of the window of a U.S. passenger plane, whose engine had exploded in mid-air.

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The co-pilot had his upper body "sucked out" of the broken windshield despite having a safety belt strapped on, stated the captain. That incident's probe is still pending.

Last month, one person was killed on a Southwest flight from New York City to Dallas when a window broke and a passenger was sucked into the opening.

A pilot is being called a hero after making an emergency landing when the plane's windshield cracked mid-flight.

According to an earlier report by Xinhua, the captain issued an "Squawk 7700" emergency code after the window shattered, alerting the air traffic control facilities of the risky situation. "We just tried our best to reassure the passengers and make everyone believe us that we could touch down safely", Zhou Yanwen, the injured flight attendant, was quoted as saying by China News Service.

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