And then on Monday, the co-pilot of a Chinese Sichuan Airlines flight was also nearly sucked out of his plane after a part of the cockpit windshield broke.
The Sichuan Airlines plane, 3U8633, was scheduled to fly from Chongqing to Lhasa.
A JetBlue plane made an emergency landing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. after the cockpit window cracked.
Liu managed to pull his co-pilot back into the cockpit, according to his own account. "The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges", said Captain Chaunjian of the accident. The plane was carrying 119 passengers, all of whom escaped unhurt.
Liu Chuanjian has been hailed a hero on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform, after he successfully landed the Airbus A319 manually on Monday with his co-pilot. A week later, another Southwest flight made an emergency stop when a window broke in the cabin.
It may have started off as a smooth flight but after the co-pilot was partially sucked out of the cockpit window at 30,000 feet above the ground, it didn't end up as one. Another flight attendant grabbed the first flight attendant's belt to ensure that he and the pilot didn't disappear into the sky, while the co-pilot struggled to take the plane out of a nose dive that was triggered when the captain's feet latched onto the controls. "Most of the equipment malfunctioned ... and I couldn't hear the radio." he added.
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At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked. "I am fascinated by India, I don't know why, but I have never been in India", he said.
"The windshield cracked suddenly and gave a huge bang". The flight attendants were in the process of serving dinner at the time the window smashed and the jarring of the airplane caused food to go everywhere. "Then the oxygen masks dropped.We experienced a few seconds of free fall before it stabilized again", a passenger told the state-run news site.
He also told Chinese media that the co-pilot was injured after the top half of his body was left dangling in mid-air, the Daily Mail reports.
"The windshield has not recorded any failures, nor did it require any maintenance and replacement work" before the incident, Tang Weibin said.
An investigation into the incident is underway.
What makes this incident even rarer is that the windshieldsmight developcracks in case of a bird hit or lightning strike but never does an entire windshield give way in such a manner.
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