World Media

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

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

A Sichuan Airlines co-pilot was "sucked halfway out" of a plane when the front windshield blew out Tuesday.

Flight 3U8633 was en route from Chongqing to Lhasa in Tibet when the accident happened and the plane started losing altitude drastically.

The incident bears some similarities Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing after the engine exploded and shattered a window - partially sucking out passenger Jennifer Riordan.

After the captain heard a deafening sound, he looked over and noticed the right windshield was missing. "The next thing I knew, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out". However, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China's (CAAC) Southwest Regional Administration, the co-pilot suffered scratches and a wrist sprain. "The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges", the pilot said, adding that the cockpit's temperature dropped to minus 40 degrees Celsius.

The co-pilot and a flight attendant sustained injuries, but none of the 119 passengers were hurt in the ordeal.

Taliban storms major city in western Afghanistan
Reinforcements including commando units as well as the Afghan air force were battling Taliban fighters around the city, he said. The Taliban assault was the biggest by the group since the militant regime was ousted from power in 2001.

Pilot Liu Chuanjian told Chinese media that the aircraft, an Airbus A319, had just reached cruising altitude of 32,000ft when there was a bang in the cockpit and he realised that the right-hand side of the windscreen was gone. One other cabin crew member was injured during the emergency landing, in Chengdu, Sichuan province, although no further details were given.

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. Many devices were malfunctioning and the plane was jolting strongly. A quick-thinking flight attendant grabbed Lancaster's legs as he was flying out the window and held on. Back on April 17, a Southwest flight over the USA experienced a passenger cabin window getting blown out and a passenger was partially sucked out of the aircraft through that hole.

Millions of people in China commented on the pilot's actions on the Twitter-like social media platform Weibo, according to Agence France-Presse, with the most popular post titled "My Hero Captain". "Just a huge noise", Liu said, according to the China News Service.

An investigation into the incident is underway.

Fox News said that the Sichuan Airlines incident is the sixth time in one month where there have been airline window problems.


  • Ashley 'hopes very much' that Benitez stays at Newcastle

    Ashley 'hopes very much' that Benitez stays at Newcastle

    Meanwhile, Ashley says he "hopes" Benitez will remain Newcastle manager after hitting out at those who have criticised his ownership of the club.
    Zarif visits Russia, China to save nuclear deal

    Zarif visits Russia, China to save nuclear deal

    Iran wants the Europeans to give it clear-cut guarantees about fulfilling their obligations if Tehran remains in the deal. The statement warned that Iran was making preparations so that it could resume "industrial scale" uranium enrichment.
    'Mile 22' Trailer: Mark Wahlberg Stays Calm - If Unstable

    'Mile 22' Trailer: Mark Wahlberg Stays Calm - If Unstable

    The film looks to be a real victor , and the dream team of Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg hasn't delivered a dud movie yet. Lauren Cohan looks bad-ass in this and seems to play a key figure in Mark Wahlberg's unit.
  • Rage 2 Gameplay Trailer is here, The Wasteland is One Crazy Drug!

    Rage 2 Gameplay Trailer is here, The Wasteland is One Crazy Drug!

    What's really interesting, though, is that Avalanche Studios is working on Rage 2 alongside id Software . You play as Walker, " the last Ranger of the wasteland and a threat to [The Authority's] power".
    We're all hoping Liverpool win the Champions League, says Brighton boss

    We're all hoping Liverpool win the Champions League, says Brighton boss

    They are used to playing in games like this. "We are lucky that we can give them one if we win". Turns out, however, that he had positive things to say to Salah.
    Avengers: Infinity War India collections prove it's a Marvel at Box Office

    Avengers: Infinity War India collections prove it's a Marvel at Box Office

    Kamala adopted the name Ms Marvel after drawing inspiration from her idol Carol Danvers, who became Captain Marvel . There is also a BTS footage of Brie Larson doing stunts in her superhero costume courtesy of Twitter user P.A.
  • Flags will be flown at half-staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

    Flags will be flown at half-staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

    The annual Peace Officers' memorial service pays tribute to police officers killed in the line of service like Familia. Also during this week the Names of fallen officers will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial .

    Summary of Restore plc (LON:RST) Ratings on April 23, 2018

    The target price per share indicates a potential downside of -2.28 % from the previous stock close of Rightmove PLC (LON: RMV ). The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 870 ($12.02), for a total value of £6,351,000 ($8,774,523.35).
    Author Tom Wolfe dead at 88

    Author Tom Wolfe dead at 88

    Multiple outlets credit Wolfe as a creator of "New Journalism", a style that combined traditional reporting and immersive writing. He laughed about his trademark "feistiness" in the book to CBS News and said, "Well, I just try to bring truth".
  • Oil rallies to fresh 3-year high

    Oil rallies to fresh 3-year high

    On the supply side are expectations that as prices continue to rise so will production, including USA oil and shale production. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $70.66 a barrel, down 4 cents from their last settlement.
    PM, Putin to hold informal summit next week in Sochi

    PM, Putin to hold informal summit next week in Sochi

    The two leaders will also discuss the respective national priorities of development and bilateral issues. Prime Minister Modi's visit also comes just months after Putin won the elections.
    United Nations  chief welcomes North Korea's closure of nuke test site

    United Nations chief welcomes North Korea's closure of nuke test site

    In another sign of improving relations, North Korea this week released three U.S. citizens who'd been imprisoned in the country. Given the stage it had already reached, Pyongyang "may feel like they don't need to test anything for a while", he said.