PI­LOT AL­MOST SUCKED OUT OF COCK­PIT

Ottawa Citizen - - WORLD -

The co-pi­lot of a Chi­nese Sichuan Air­lines flight was also al­most sucked out of his plane after a part of the wind­shield broke on Mon­day.

After tak­ing off from Chongqing, pas­sen­gers and crew sensed that some­thing was wrong about half an hour into their flight to the Ti­betan cap­i­tal of Lhasa.

“We ex­pe­ri­enced a few sec­onds of free fall be­fore it sta­bi­lized again,” one pas­sen­ger told Chi­nese me­dia.

At the front of the plane, the pi­lot was fight­ing for the life of his col­league — who at that point had been al­most en­tirely sucked out of the plane and was only be­ing held back by his seat belt.

Pi­lot Liu Chuan­jian man­aged to pull his co-pi­lot back into the cock­pit, ac­cord­ing to his own ac­count. He suf­fered non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

AFP / GETTY IM­AGES

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