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Airline pilot 'sucked halfway out' as cockpit windshield breaks during flight

Airline pilot 'sucked halfway out' as cockpit windshield breaks during flight

"Most of the equipment malfunctioned ... and I couldn't hear the radio".

A total of 59 passengers were told to take another flight at 11:50am to fly to Lhasa Gonggar Airport while the remaining travellers sought alternative transport, such as high-speed train.

CAAC also said that the windshield was part of the original aircraft and had no previously recorded faults.

About 27 passengers sought medical assistance after the plane made an emergency landing in Chengdu, China, though airline officials say none appeared to be seriously hurt.

China's aviation authorities have started their investigation into the cause of an accident that caused a plane's windscreen to blow away in mid-air as the two pilots basked in near universal acclaim for safely landing the flight.

No one was killed from the incident, which occurred about an hour into the flight headed from southwestern China to Tibet on Monday morning.

"There was no sign before the windshield burst. Just a huge noise", Liu said, according to the China News Service. "It was very hard to control", he added. The victim, Jennifer Riordan, was also partially sucked out of the window.

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The incident came almost a month after the death of a woman who was partially sucked out of a window that broke during a Southwest Airlines flight over the United States.

The crew managed to pull the co-pilot back into the plane and he suffered only minor injuries. That incident's probe is still pending. A week later, another Southwest flight made an emergency stop when a window broke in the cabin.

The captain claimed he had 25 years of experience and had flown the route more than 100 times.

However, passengers and crew described frightening scenes on board the plane during the incident.

Then, on April 25, a Flybe flight in England made an emergency landing after the cockpit windshield cracked shortly after takeoff.

According to an earlier report by Xinhua, the captain issued an "Squawk 7700" emergency code after the window shattered, alerting the air traffic control facilities of the unsafe situation.

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