A Chinese passenger jet was forced into an emergency landing after its windscreen blew out at 32,000ft, sucking the co-pilot halfway out of the plane.
A co-pilot cheated death when a cockpit window broke and fell out during a flight in China.
Liu managed to pull his co-pilot back into the cockpit, according to his own account.
The only injuries reported were to the co-pilot, who suffered a sprained wrist and facial cuts, and another crew member, who was slightly hurt as the plane dropped, Chinese aviation officials said. "The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges", said Captain Chaunjian of the accident. None of the plane's 119 passengers were injured and the aircraft safely landed at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport in southern China.
An emergency landing was made after the window shattered.
Thankfully, Captain Liu, a former military pilot, was able to perform some life-saving maneuvers.
"Some people were screaming, but the crew told us that the pilot had the ability to bring us home safely, which calmed our emotions", said Phuntsog, 25. He reportedly had to land the Airbus A319 manually since the navigation equipment malfunctioned due to the loss of pressure and the noise in the cockpit was so loud he could not hear air traffic control. "Suddenly, the windshield just cracked and made a loud bang", he told the Chengdu Economic Daily, which was cited by Reuters.
"It is a huge challenge facing decompression and low temperatures", said the Air China pilot. Video shared on social media showed passengers wearing oxygen masks. A flight attendant was also injured during the melee.
The windshield shattered over the southwest city of Chengdu about 80 minutes after flight 3U8633 took off at 6:27 a.m. local time (10:27 GMT), the CAA said in statement released by CCTV.
An investigation into how the incident occurred has now been launched.
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.