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.