A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after one of his crew members was almost sucked out of a window that shattered mid-flight.
Captain Liu Chuanjian made an emergency landing on Monday after a windshield on the Sichuan Airlines plane he was flying shattered and sucked his co-pilot halfway out of the window, according to CNN. The terrifying incident occurred at 30,000 feet during a flight from Chongqing to Lhasa, China.
The co-pilot was luckily pulled back inside by his seatbelt, and only suffered a sprained wrist and some scratches. A flight attendant was also injured during the melee.
“There was no warning sign. Suddenly, the windshield just cracked and made a loud bang. The next thing I know, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out of the window,” Chuanjian said, Reuters reports.
“Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air. Most of the equipment malfunctioned … and I couldn’t hear the radio.” he added.
The pilot is being hailed a hero following details that he was also forced to keep his composure as the -40 C winds blasted through the cockpit. Chuanjian successfully completed the landing in about 20 minutes. None of the 119 passengers on the flight were harmed.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is investigating the “rare’ incident.
“This incident that happened today is very rare,” Chuanjian was recorded saying by the Chengdu Economic Daily.
“The plane felt like it was free falling going down and we were probably going down for 10 or 15 minutes and of course, everyone is freaking out,” recalled passenger Marty Martinez. “Everyone is crying. It was the scariest experience.”
This comes one month after an engine exploded and blew out a window on a Southwest flight that resulted in the death of a woman who was sucked halfway out of the window.
Take a look at images from the shocking scene below.