Hero pilot lands plane after cockpit window suddenly SHATTERS at terrifying 32,000ft
A hero pilot landed a plane after the cockpit window shattered at a terrifying 32,000ft.高松航空券
The Chinese passenger plane had to make a dramatic emergency landing after the windscreen broke off mid-flight causing a sudden drop in altitude.
Passengers on board Sichuan Airlines Flight 8633 landed safely at Chengdu Shuangliu airport in south-western China's Sichuan Province thanks to the pilot's quick-thinking.
According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, no passengers were injured during the scare, but the co-pilot suffered injuries to his face and lower back.Passengers on the flight from Chongqing Municipality bound for Tibetan capital Lhasa - both in south-western China - said the incident happened about an hour into their flight today, May 14.
The right windscreen panel in the cockpit of the Airbus A139 suddenly broke off, damaging part of the craft's control panel, reports said.
A flight attendant is understood to have also suffered injuries as the plane experienced a sudden drop in altitude, with images showing objects strewn across the cabin floor as a result.Oxygen masks were also deployed for the passengers, who have praised the pilot and first officer for ensuring their safety and avoiding a tragedy.
Aviation experts on social media have suggested the pilot wearing a short sleeve shirt would have had to land the craft in challenging conditions, such as low cockpit temperatures, strong winds and only partially functioning equipment.
Sichuan Airlines, which operates mainly domestic flights in China, called the incident "mechanical failure" in its official statement.
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