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Co-pilot 'sucked halfway out' plane when windshield blows out at 32,000 feet

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KHQ.COM - A Sichuan Airlines co-pilot was 'sucked halfway out' of a plane when the front windshield blew out Tuesday. Incredibly, the man was able to be pulled back into the plane and the captain was able to land safely without harming the 119 passengers on board.

An investigation is underway into what caused the incident, but according to the plane's captain, Liu Chuanjian, who is being hailed a hero for landing the plane manually, the plane had just reached a cruising altitude of 32,000 feet when a deafening sound tore through the cockpit.  Without warning, the windshield blew out and the co-pilot, who luckily was wearing a seat belt, was "sucked halfway out" the plane. The co-pilot sustained only minor injuries.

Reuters quoted the captain as saying,  "everything in the cockpit was floating in the air. Most of the equipment malfunctioned and I couldn't hear the radio. The plane was shaking so hard i could not read the gauges." 

There was one other cabin brew member who sustained minor injuries. 

The plane was en route from Chongqing, China to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa but made an emergency landing in the southwest city of Chengdu.

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