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A pilot on the flight deck of a Sichuan Air­lines plane en route from Chongqing to Lhasa had a lucky es­cape af­ter he was par­tially sucked out of the wind­shield when it shat­tered at an al­ti­tude of 9,800 me­ters. His seat­belt saved him, and he was pulled back in­side. As well as the sud­den cabin de­pres­sur­iza­tion, tem­per­a­tures in the cock­pit plunged, and the flight's cap­tain, former flight in­struc­tor Cap­tain Liu Chuan­jian, had to wres­tle with the con­trols for 20 min­utes to land the plane man­u­ally at Chengdu. No pas­sen­gers were in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent. Liu, who has flown the route for 10 years, has re­ceived much praise from the pub­lic and from fel­low avi­a­tion work­ers. Oth­ers have urged the air­line to quickly de­fine the cause of the ac­ci­dent, say­ing that pre­ven­tion is more im­por­tant than emer­gency re­sponse.

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