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Windshield Shatters on Plane in China, Pulling Pilot Partly Through Window

HONG KONG — A Sichuan Airlines plane heading for Tibet made an emergency landing on Monday after its windshield shattered and a co-pilot was partially sucked out of the cockpit, the local news media reported.

Flight 8633 left the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing at 6:26 a.m. and was scheduled to land at 9:05 a.m. in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, around 1,500 miles west, according to the flight tracking website FlightView.com.

But the windshield later “shattered with a loud sound,” the pilot, Liu Chuanjian, said in a video posted by the news outlet Chengdu Business News. “When I looked over to my side, half of my co-pilot’s body was hanging out of the window.”

Windshield Shatters on Plane in China, Pulling Pilot Partly Through Window
Windshield Shatters on Plane in China, Pulling Pilot Partly Through Window

“Fortunately, he was wearing a seatbelt,” Mr. Liu said.

The plane made an emergency landing at 7:42 a.m. in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu.

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