Chinese aviation authorities are reviewing how the cockpit windshield of a Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 aircraft detached midflight, causing the co-pilot to be "sucked halfway" out at 32,000 feet on May 14.
Sichuan Airlines Flight 3U8633 left the central Chinese municipality of Chongqing on Monday bound for the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. Some 27 received medical check-ups at a hospital in Chengdu, where the plane made its emergency landing, according to the South China Morning Post. "The next thing I know, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out of the window", the pilot said. The unnamed co-pilot was eventually sucked back in, thanks in part to the fact that he was wearing a seatbelt.
While freezing air was blasting into the cockpit, Liu struggled to maintain control of the turbulence that was throwing the plane into chaos. Many devices were malfunctioned and the plane was jolting strongly. "The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges". The cockpit experienced a sudden loss of air pressure and drop in temperature.
One of the unharmed passengers told China News Service of their ordeal: "The crew were serving us breakfast when the aircraft began to shake".
A video published online by the People's Daily shows oxygen masks deployed, and flight attendants walking up and down the aisle to give passengers instructions on how to disembark. The co-pilot sustained only minor injuries. None of the plane's 119 passengers were injured and the aircraft safely landed at the Chengdu Shuangliu Airport in southern China.
Liu Chuanjian braved the intense cold and blasting wind to coax the plane into a safe landing in southwest China.
The incident came almost a month after a woman died after she was partially sucked out a window that broke during a Southwest Airlines flight in the U.S.
"I'm still nervous. I don't dare to take an airplane anymore".
It comes two months after a woman died after being partially sucked out of the window of a United States passenger plane, whose engine had exploded in mid-air.
Fox News said that the Sichuan Airlines incident is the sixth time in one month where there have been airline window problems.