Pilot 'sucked out of cockpit window' heroically lands plane after windshield blowout

18 May, 2018, 16:33 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Workers inspect a Sichuan Airlines aircraft that made an emergency landing after a windshield on the cockpit broke off at

Captain Liu said that there was no signs of trouble before the windshield broke.

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 plane was vibrating strongly and it was impossible to read the instruments, said Liu, who was a former flight instructor in the Chinese air force.

"I couldn't hear the radio", he said. "I wanted to control the plane and land", he later told Sichuan Television.

There were 119 passengers on board, none of whom were injured by the incident. "The oxygen masks on the plane all dropped out".

The Sichuan Airlines flight departed from the central Chinese municipality of Chongqing at 6.30am on Monday morning, due to arrive in Lhasa, Tibet at 9.30am.

Sichuan Airlines, a regional airline headquartered in Chengdu, operates mostly domestic flights but also flies internationally to countries such as Japan, Canada and the Czech Republic.

The incident came almost a month after the death of a woman who was partially sucked out of a window that broke during a Southwest Airlines flight over the United States.

The co-pilot sustained scratches and a sprained wrist, while another crew member was slightly hurt, according to Xinhua.

"In 1990, one of the pilots on British Airways Flight 5390 was blown partially out of the cabin window after its windshield blew out at 23,000 feet".

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Why do cockpit windshields crack?

A common cause of windshields shattering is severe hailstorms.

During a press conference, the captain thanked his flight crew for helping him deal with the emergency calmly and successfully. Many are praising Liu for being able to land the plane.

While not quite a common occurrence, this is not the first time a pilot has been sucked out of a cockpit window.

The windshield may also break if it has not been heated correctly.

"The broken window in the cabin causes a loss of pressure". When he looked over, the right windshield was gone.

How often do cockpit windshields shatter? "You get cracks in windshields from time to time, but certainly they're created to be failsafe and this is not supposed to happen".

"Every item in the cockpit was flying around".

Goglia says that cockpit windows in particular are very strong, created to survive everything from bird strikes-as in Sully Sullenberger's "Miracle on the Hudson" flight-to hailstorms.



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