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China, Airbus investigating blown-out windshield on plane

Posted On: May 16, 2018   |   Posted By: China Travel & Tourism News

China, Airbus investigating blown-out windshield on plane

Chinese authorities and Airbus are investigating why a plane's windshield blew out midflight, forcing an emergency landing, in an unusual mishap for a country with a booming aviation market and exemplary air safety record.
Sichuan Airlines flight 8633 was en route from Chongqing, China, to Lhasa, Tibet, on Monday morning when the A319 jet's cockpit window jet flew off, the country's aviation regulator said.
The pilot made a white-knuckle descent to Chengdu, China as the co-pilot was nearly sucked out of the plane, saved only by his seatbelt.
Chinese internet users praised the pilot's levelheaded response during the harrowing incident but also wanted to know what caused it.
Losing a windshield midflight “is an incredibly rare event,” said Geoffrey Thomas, the Australia-based editor in chief of safety website Airlineratings.com. “You get cracks in windshields from time to time, but certainly they're designed to be failsafe and this is not supposed to happen.”
The incident does not detract from China's...

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