A Chinese airplane made an emergency landing Monday after its front window broke and one of its pilots was partly pulled out of the plane.
Captain Liu Chuanjian told the Chengdu Economic Daily that everything seemed normal before the air pressure and temperature in the cockpit rapidly dropped.
A JetBlue plane made an emergency landing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. after the cockpit window cracked.
He had to slow the Airbus A319 of Sichuan Airlines from its original speed of about 800kph - 900kph to land in about 20 minutes. The unnamed co-pilot was eventually sucked back in, thanks in part to the fact that he was wearing a seatbelt. None of the 128 passengers on board were injured, and they took another flight to their destination, according to reports.
A CO-PILOT was "sucked halfway" out of a plane after a cockpit windshield blew out. A quick-thinking flight attendant grabbed Lancaster's legs as he was flying out the window and held on.
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While freezing air was blasting into the cockpit, Liu struggled to maintain control of the turbulence that was throwing the plane into chaos.
Liu heard a loud band and looked over; the cockpit's right windshield has been blasted off. Oxygen masks dropped. The plane dropped for a few seconds before it "stabilized again". "The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges".
France's BEA accident investigation agency and Airbus were sending staff to China to investigate, Chinese aviation officials said.
The harrowing incident comes almost a month after a woman on a Southwest Airlines flight from NY died after shrapnel from a blown engine smashed her window, forcing out part of her body.
Incidents involving partly broken windshields are somewhat common.