Between these two terrifying events there was another window scare, again involving a Southwest plane, which was forced to make an emergency landing in Cleveland on a Chicago-bound flight when a passenger window cracked.
The co-pilot was sucked towards the breakage, but he remained calm as Captain Liu Chuanjian and his crew made an emergency landing, according to Chinese media reports. Many devices were malfunctioned and the plane was jolting strongly. "The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges".
No passengers were injured in the incident but the pilot sitting in the right seat, who is usually the first officer, suffered scratches and a sprain, the Civil Aviation Administration of China's (CAAC) Southwest Regional Administration said on its website.
However, none of the plane's 119 passengers were injured and the aircraft safely landed at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport in southern China. I looked aside and found half of the co-pilot's body was already outside the window. While some netizens asked for rewarding the captain, others called for better safety measures.
An investigation has been launched into what exactly went wrong on the flight, which was journeying from Chongqing, China to the Tibetan capital, Lhasa. CAAC said that the Airbus jet began service on July 26, 2011 and its windshield had no record of defects and had not undergone any maintenance or been replaced before the accident.
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The co-pilot was wearing his seatbelt, and the crew was able to pull him back inside. A cabin attendant also suffered a minor injury as the plane suddenly lost altitude. It mainly operates domestic flights, along with some worldwide services to countries including Japan, Canada and the Czech Republic.
A co-pilot was partially sucked out of the Airbus A319 after the windshield blew out at a height of 32,000 feet.
In the cockpit, the broken windshield caused significant damage.
Freezing air also blasted through the cockpit's open windshield panel.
Liu described the terror as he managed to regain control of his aircraft during a taped interview with the Chengdu Business News. People were screaming, while bags and trays were flying everywhere, he said.
China Aviation Review Tweeted that the pilot diverted to the Chinese city of Chengdu and made an emergency landing, after battling extreme cold, wind, and the absence of some instruments!