Yep: It sounds like something out of a disaster movie, but this actually happened.
On Monday, Sichuan Airlines flight 3U8633, travelling from Chongqing, China to Lhasa, Tibet, was forced to make an emergency landing after a part of the windshield blew mid-flight.
“There was no warning sign,” Captain Liu Chuanjian was quoted as saying by Reuters. “Suddenly, the windshield just cracked and made a loud bang. The next thing I know, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out of the window.”
Sichuan 3U8633 from Chongqing to Lhasa diverted to Chengdu. Lost one windshield at FL332. Descend to FL240 due to high terrain (@flightradar24 data). Cabin decomp. FCU failure and some parts sucked out. Landded safely with bust tires. One pilot and one cabin crew injured. pic.twitter.com/8aViRZoOE0
— ChinaAviationReview (@ChinaAvReview) May 14, 2018
“Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air.,” the Captain continued. “Most of the equipment malfunctioned … and I couldn’t hear the radio. The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges.”
Despite the nightmarish conditions, he was able to make an emergency landing in Chengdu, China. The co-pilot suffered minor injuries after being pulled back in, and no passengers were injured.
Mashable has reached out to Sichuan Airlines for comment.