Pilot 'sucked halfway out' of cockpit window mid-flight

Sichuan Airlines co-pilot 'sucked halfway' out of cockpit, captain says

Sichuan Airlines co-pilot 'sucked halfway' out of cockpit, captain says

A policeman stands guard in front of a China Southern Airlines plane as the plane of US first lady Michelle Obama departs from Chengdu airport, Sichuan province, March 26, 2014.

The accident is being investigated by the China Civil Aviation Administration and Airbus China is sending a group of technicians to help ascertain the cause, Chinese news portal Sina reported. The cockpit experienced a sudden loss of pressure and drop in temperature and its right windshield was gone.

All passengers were unhurt, but the cockpit's temperature dropped to -40C and a co-pilot was partially sucked out of the plane.

The passengers were transported to hospitals for medical tests but doctors found no injuries.

'The exploded window caused the cockpit to decompress immediately, everything in the cockpit was floating in the air. Most of the equipment malfunctioned.

The co-pilot received a cut to his face and also suffered a sprained wrist, according to China Daily. The plane made an emergency landing at 7.42am in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu. Video shared on social media showed passengers wearing oxygen masks. "We just tried our best to reassure the passengers and make everyone believe us that we could touch down safely", a flight attendant said.

Mashable has reached out to Sichuan Airlines for comment.

Shaking violently, the plane plunged to 24,000 feet.

"The sudden loss of pressure and low temperature made me very uncomfortable and it was very hard to make a single move when the aircraft was flying at 900 kilometers (560 miles) an hour and at such a high altitude", Liu said, according to the Morning Post.

In the cabin, passengers donned oxygen masks as the plane lurched to the side and meal trays fell to the floor.

After taking off at the Chinese municipality of Chongqing, passengers and crew sensed that something was wrong about half an hour into their flight to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. A quick-thinking flight attendant grabbed Lancaster's legs as he was flying out the window and held on.

The last known emergency of that kind occurred nearly three decades ago, in 1990, when a British Airways pilot survived a similar incident at an altitude of 23,000 feet.

"These SOPs are unique to an airline's operation and take into account the type of aircraft and routes flown".

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