A Sichuan Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing after the cockpit windscreen was ripped out in mid-air. "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. The co-pilot had his seat belt on, preventing him from being sucked out of the plane.
Sichuan Airlines Flight 3U8633 had taken off as scheduled from southern China's Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport at 6:26 am and was due in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region, at 9:05 am. Liu said that the emergency landing was extremely hard because of the noise, flying debris, and inability to see much more than a few feet ahead of the aircraft. The aircrew enacted emergency code 7700 and landed in Chengdu.
According to Sichuan Airlines, the co-pilot sustained scratches on the face and minor injuries on the waist, one female passenger had minor injuries on the waist. The scare marks the sixth window-related accident on a commercial airline within a month. But he managed to land the plane, to much praise.
At least two crew members were injured and several passengers were sent to the hospital yesterday after the cockpit window of a passenger jet shattered mid-flight.
The video, filmed in Flight 3U8633 from Chongqing to Lhasa on May 14, shows passengers using oxygen masks and a flight attendant saying: "Those exits can not be opened" and "Be safe". Most of the equipment malfunctioned. and I couldn't hear the radio.
Are these the most SHOCKING plane crashes in history?"When we finally landed, some of the women were in tears", he said. To avoid further damage, he manually slowed the plane, as the auto-pilot system was not operational.
Jiang Wenxue, a civil aviation official, said that under such emergency circumstances, the pilot "truly performed a miracle" by keeping the plane under control. A quick-thinking flight attendant grabbed Lancaster's legs as he was flying out the window and held on. He added that all of the oxygen masks dropped out.
"Aircraft cabins are pressurized to keep passengers comfortable and alive at high altitudes, said Jim Gregory, a professor of aeronautical engineering and director of the Aerospace Research Center at Ohio State University".
"The plane suddenly lost weight and started to drop sharply, it should be a large fall".