The CAA said the windshield showed no signs of malfunction that required any maintenance prior to the incident.
The South China Morning Post reports that the decompression caused cockpit equipment to malfunction, the deafening noise kept Liu from hearing the radio, and the shaking of the plane made it hard to read the flight instruments. Back on April 17, a Southwest flight over the US experienced a passenger cabin window getting blown out and a passenger was partially sucked out of the aircraft through that hole.
Liu Chuanjian, who claimed to have flown the route more than 100 times, told Chengdu Business Daily that his co-pilot was luckily saved by a safety belt. This incident is very odd and only further investigation will lead to a resolution, Zhang added.
The domestic flight, which was traveling from Chongqing to Lhasa, landed at the Chengdu Shuangliu airport roughly 20 minutes after the window broke.
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Reports from yesterday also said 27 flight passengers claimed to be unwell after the incident and had to be hospitalised. Employees are pictured checking a Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 on May 14, 2018 in Chengdu in China's northwestern Sichuan province. It also has worldwide routes to Canada, Japan and the Czech Republic.
With plane vibrating in an uncontrollable manner, it was impossible for Liu to read the controls but with his experience and skills, he managed a safe landing.
A Chinese airline jet was forced to land in the southwest Chinese city of Chengdu, after its cockpit's main right windscreen cracked and fell out at over 32,000 ft on Monday morning. No one was hurt and the passengers were taken to another plane to continue their trip. The co-pilot sucked out of the window suffered a sprain wrist and scratches, whilst one other member of the crew was injured during the descent, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
A flight attendant was also injured when the plane suddenly dropped more than two kilometres. Video shared on social media showed passengers wearing oxygen masks.
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Chinese who learned of the successful landing heaped praise on Liu, a former military pilot, for his life-saving maneuvers during a perilous situation.
Airbus has assigned a team to investigate, Chinese authorities said.
The cause of the incident is still under investigation, he added. The captain was sucked halfway out the BAC 1-11's window but survived because cabin crew held on to his legs while the co-pilot made an emergency landing.
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