Plane makes emergency landing in China

The flight passenger had accidentally opened the emergency exit door. Getty Images

The flight passenger had accidentally opened the emergency exit door. Getty Images

Flight 3U8633 took off from Chongqing city at 6:26 am on Monday and has managed to climb to 9,800 meters (32,150 feet) when a windshield on the right side of the cockpit was suddenly blown off, forcing an emergency landing at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 7:42 am.

Liu Chuanjian, hailed a hero on social media after having to land the Airbus A319 manually, told the Chengdu Economic Daily his aircraft had just reached a cruising altitude of 32,000 feet when a deafening sound tore through the cockpit. The next thing I know, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out of the window'.

A Chinese plane with 128 people on board was forced to divert to another airport for an emergency landing today after a cockpit window broke, injuring a co-pilot and a crew member, officials said.

A flight attendant was also injured when the plane suddenly dropped more than two kilometres.

Zhao, who was sitting in the middle of the aircraft, felt a draft of cold air and saw the cockpit door fly open several minutes later.

A separate report said the aircraft had accumulated 19,912 flight hours since entering service at Sichuan Airlines in July 2011.


The video, filmed in Flight 3U8633 from Chongqing to Lhasa on May 14, shows passengers using oxygen masks and a flight attendant saying: "Those exits can not be opened" and "Be safe". The aircraft, which had been traveling at 800 to 900 k/hr, went into a nosedive that lasted five to six seconds, according to the newspaper.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement that part of the cockpit window broke as the plane was flying over Chengdu.

The co-pilot and one cabin crew member suffered minor injuries in the incident, but no passengers were harmed. "When we finally landed, some of the women were in tears", he said.

Twenty-seven passengers received medical checkups in a hospital in Chengdu, but no injuries were detected.

Li Xiaohu, head of safety for the aviation administration's Southwest Regional Administration, said an investigation has begun and the reason the windshield shattered will be looked into. "The oxygen masks on the plane all dropped out", he said.

In a separate incident in the United States same month, a mother was killed after a jet engine of Southwest airlines exploded during a flight.

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