Chinese passenger jet makes emergency landing after cockpit window breaks off

  • The pilots of a Chinese passenger jet decided to make an emergency landing after a cockpit windshield was ripped out in mid-air
  • The airplane, carrying 128 people on board, made an emergency landing in the southwest Chinese city of Chengdu

The pilots of a Chinese Airline were forced to make an emergency landing after a mechanical failure mid-flight, authorities confirmed Monday.

According to Straits Times, a Sichuan Airlines flight made an emergency landing in the southwest Chinese city of Chengdu on Monday after a windshield on the right side of the jet’s cockpit broke off, China’s aviation authority said.

The flight, Sichuan Airlines 3U8633, had left the central Chinese city of Chongqing for the Tibetan capital, Lhasa. There were 128 people on board; nine of whom were crew.

“The windshield cracked suddenly and gave a huge bang. I looked aside and found half of the co-pilot’s body was already outside the window. Fortunately, his seat belt was fastened,” pilot Liu Chuanjian told the Red Star News, a local news portal.

The pilot added that the cabin equipment malfunctioned as a result and it was so noisy he could not hear the wireless.

The aircraft was shaking vehemently and he could not read the meters.

“The sudden loss of pressure and low temperature made me very uncomfortable and it was very difficult to make a single move when the aircraft was flying at 900 kilometers an hour and at such a high altitude,” Liu said.

Fortunately, no passengers were injured in the incident but the first officer pilot suffered scratches and a sprained wrist, the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s (CAAC) Southwest Regional Administration said on its website.