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Co-pilot sucked halfway out of windshield during Chinese flight


The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the Sichuan Airlines co-pilot was treated for scratches and a sprained wrist. A second crew member also suffered injuries to their waist, officials said.

“The crew members are in good condition and after full rest, they will continue to perform the sacred duty of safe flight,” the airline said.

Another 27 passengers sought assistance after the plane made an emergency landing in the Chinese city of Chengdu. None of them appeared seriously hurt, the airline said, adding that it had arranged for special personnel to accompany the travelers.

The airline did not immediately comment Tuesday about what led to the shattered windshield, but apologized and referred to the incident as “mechanical failures.”

France’s BEA accident investigation agency and Airbus were sending staff to China to investigate, Chinese aviation officials said.

“We thank all passengers on this flight for their understanding and tolerance … The crew responded calmly and properly handled it in an emergency,” Sichuan Airline added.

Flight 8633 left Chongqing, southwest of the Chinese capital of Beijing, just before 6:30 a.m. local time Monday (6:30 p.m. ET Sunday). It was scheduled to land in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa about two and a half hours later.