There has been no information given as to what caused the windshield to break off. Sichuan Airlines said the flight had experienced a "mechanical failure" without providing any further details.
Part of the cockpit window broke as the plane was flying over Chengdu, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement. At the front of the plane, the pilot was fighting for the life of his colleague - who at that point had been nearly entirely sucked out of the plane and was only being held back by his seat belt. The co-pilot only suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the drama that unfolded at an altitude of 32,000 feet.
Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air. "The noise was so loud that we could barely hear the radio".
Mr Liu was forced into manually making an emergency landing in the city of Chengdu. Within 20 minutes at around 7:46am, the captain safely landed the plane at the airport.
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Incidents involving cracked windshields do happen on a regular basis due to occurrences such as bird or lightning strikes but ones involving entire windshields coming off are rare.
The aircraft was shaking ferociously and he could not read the metres.
The Sichuan Airlines plane, 3U8633, was scheduled to fly from Chongqing to Lhasa. Employees are pictured checking a Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 on May 14, 2018 in Chengdu in China's northwestern Sichuan province. One other member of cabin crew was injured in the descent, but none of the 119 passengers were hurt. He had flown the Chongqing-Lhasa route "more than 100 times" before the incident.
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After takeoff, one of the pieces of cockpit windshield blew off. This incident is very unusual and only further investigation will lead to a resolution, Zhang added. "The oxygen masks dropped".
The pilot managed an emergency landing despite the window being gone.
The passenger plane was manufactured by French company Airbus, and started service in July 2011.
"The sudden loss of pressure and low temperature made me very uncomfortable and it was very hard to make a single move when the aircraft was flying at 900 kilometers (560 miles) an hour and at such a high altitude", Liu said, according to the Morning Post.
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