‘Hero’ Pilot Lands Safely in China After Plane Loses Windshield
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A Chinese airplane made an emergency landing Monday after its front window broke and one of its pilots was partly pulled out of the plane.
The Sichuan Airlines passenger flight took off from Chongqing, in southwest China. It was traveling to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.
The airplane's other pilot, Liu Chuanjian, safely landed the plane in the city of Chengdu.
Now, Liu is being called a hero in China.
The plane was flying at a height of about 9,700 meters when an extremely loud sound was heard in the cockpit, Liu said. The cockpit experienced a sudden loss of air pressure and drop in temperature. When he looked over, Liu saw the cockpit's right window was gone.
Liu was reported as saying, "The next thing I know, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out of the window."
The co-pilot was wearing his seatbelt. He was able to be pulled back inside the plane. He suffered minor injuries. One other employee was injured in the incident.
Liu took control. He had to land the plane manually because the automatic flight-control system stopped working. He safely landed the plane in Chengdu. None of the plane's 119 passengers were hurt, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said.
One unnamed passenger told the government-run China News Service that airline workers had been serving passengers food when the plane began to shake. Oxygen masks dropped. The plane dropped for a few seconds before it "stabilized again."
The passenger said, "I'm still nervous. I don't dare to take an airplane anymore. But I'm also happy I had a narrow escape."
The incident was a trending discussion Tuesday in China and around the world. Many are praising Liu for being able to land the plane. On the Chinese site Sina Weibo, users are writing messages with the hashtag #ChinaHeroPilot.
The Sichuan Airlines incident comes a month after an American passenger on a Southwest Airlines plane was partly sucked out after a window broke mid-flight. The passenger, Jennifer Riordan, later died.
Incidents involving partly broken windshields are somewhat common. They are usually caused by a bird or lightning striking the window. However, it is rare for an entire windshield to come off.
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1.emergency landing 紧急降落
The crew jettisoned excess fuel and made an emergency landing.
2.pulled out of 退出；拉出
When all passengers were on board, the train pulled out of the station.
3.took off 起飞；脱下
We eventually took off at 11 o'clock and arrived in Venice at 1.30.
4.air pressure 气压
The astronauts had removed all air pressure from the spacecraft.
5.When he looked over, Liu saw the cockpit's right window was gone.
looked over 查看
He looked over his shoulder.
He could have looked over the papers in less than ten minutes.
6.Liu took control. He had to land the plane manually because the automatic flight-control system stopped working.
took control 操纵；控制
By taking on the role of facilitator, China in effect took control.
Democrats took control of both houses of Congress in the 2006 elections.
刘传建表示，当驾驶舱内传来巨响时，飞机正处在约9700米的高度飞行。驾驶舱内突然失压，温度开始下降 。这时，刘传建发现驾驶舱右风挡玻璃破碎 。
当时，副机长系着安全带。因此，他被拉回驾驶舱内 。他受了轻伤 。还有一位机组人员在事故中受伤 。
刘机长冷静地控制着飞机。因为自动飞行控制系统失灵，他不得不手动降落 。他成功地将飞机备降在成都 。中国民航局称，机上的119名乘客无一受伤 。
该乘客表示：“我现在还紧张。不敢再乘飞机了 。但是我很庆幸自己能够死里逃生 。”
周二，这起事故成为中国乃至全球的热点新闻。很多人对机长操纵飞机平安落地赞不绝口 。在中文网站新浪微博上，网友们以“中国英雄机长”为标签发帖 。
在四川航空公司这起事故的前一个月，美国西南航空公司一架客机在飞行途中窗户破损，一位美国乘客的身体被吸出窗外。乘客珍妮佛·里奥丹（Jennifer Riordan）后因伤重不治去世 。
风挡玻璃部分破碎这类事故十分常见。这种情况通常是由鸟或闪电击中玻璃引起的 。然而，这种整个风挡玻璃脱落的情况很少见 。