Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Co-pilot 'sucked halfway' out of cockpit of Airbus

Co-pilot 'sucked halfway' out of cockpit of Airbus Co-pilot 'sucked halfway' out of cockpit of Airbus
Melinda Barton | 15 May, 2018, 23:10

The incident came almost a month after a woman died after she was partially sucked out a window that broke during a Southwest Airlines flight in the U.S.

The trouble left 2 crewmembers injured, including a co-pilot who was partly sucked out of the aircraft.

It was unclear how badly the co-pilot, who suffered facial and waist injuries, had been hurt.

"Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air", the captain said. "The noise was so loud that we could barely hear the radio".

"All of the objects in the cockpit just dropped to the floor suddenly, and the operating equipment began to malfunction", Liu said. The pilot's injuries were minor including scratches and a sprained wrist. The cockpit's temperature and air pressure had plummeted, and the flight, which departed from Chongqing and was headed for Lhasa, needed to make an emergency landing in Chengdu.

"The cockpit temperature dropped to minus 40 degree Celsius and most of the controls went faulty". Back in 1990, pilot Tim Lancaster was sucked out of the cockpit window of a British Airways flight to Malaga, Spain, after an explosion knocked out the windscreen.

The duo have been hailed as heroes after manually landing the Airbus A319 in China and ensuring that none of the 119 passengers on the flight were injured.

Zeng Jun, one of the passengers, told Chengdu Business Daily: "The plane suddenly descended after flying about an hour in the air".

Video footage shot by passengers showed baggage falling from overhead lockers during the emergency landing and oxygen masks dropping for use. The plane landed at the airport 20 minutes after the incident. Some 27 received medical check-ups at a hospital in Chengdu, where the plane made its emergency landing, according to the South China Morning Post.

An investigation into how the incident occurred has now been launched. People were shocked and started screaming, and some even started vomiting.

A passenger described the panic in the cabin to the China News Service.

"After another passenger and I helped her to get up and seated her beside me, she put the oxygen mask on".

CAAC of Southwest Regional Administration and Sichuan Airlines will investigate further. The accident happened when the plane was cruising at an altitude of 32,000 feet.