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Chinese airliner makes emergency landing after cockpit window falls out: report

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

A Chinese plane with 128 people on board was forced to divert to another airport for an today after a cockpit window broke, injuring a co-pilot and a crew member, officials said.

The Flight 3U8633, operated by Sichuan Airlines, was en route from China's to Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. It was forced to divert to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, state-run agency reported.

According to the Civil Administration of (CAAC), part of the cockpit window broke as A319 flew over Chengdu, the report said.

Other said part of the cockpit window fell out in mid-flight.

The crew enacted emergency code 7700 and landed in All passengers are safe, although the co-pilot sustained injuries on the face and waist, and another crew member was slightly hurt during the emergency landing, according to the CAAC.

confirmed the diversion, and said that an investigation is under way. The plane landed in at 7:46 am today.

There were 119 passengers and nine crew members on board, according to the airline, which has arranged another flight to take the passengers to Lhasa.

Video footage shot by passengers showed baggage falling from overhead lockers during the and oxygen masks dropping for use.

An unnamed woman passenger told the accident happened about one hour after the plane took off.

Some passengers cried out and others vomited and felt dizziness, she was quoted as saying.

"(We) don't know what happened to the pilot. We owe him for saving everybody and were worried about him," she said.

An blogger said online that the pilot would have had to land A319 in difficult conditions, with low temperatures in the cockpit, strong winds and some equipment not functioning properly, Hong Kong-based Morning Post reported.

Last month, an flight from to with over 240 passengers experienced turbulence leaving at least three people with minor injuries and causing a window panel inside the aircraft to break away.

In a separate incident in the US same month, a mother was killed after a jet engine of airlines exploded during a flight. A few weeks later, a cracked window prompted another

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 16:50 IST