Chinese Pilot Who Landed an Airbus With Cracked Windshield Gets $780K
The Chinese pilot who safely landed a Sichuan Airlines flight with 119 passengers after his co-pilot was sucked halfway out a broken cockpit windshield was awarded five million yuan, or nearly $780,000, last week.
On June 8th, the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration and Sichuan Province awarded Sichuan Airlines captain Liu Chuanjian the "China Civil Aviation Heroes Unit" award as the "Chivalry Officer of the Chinese Civil Aviation" for his emergency landing of flight 3U8633, according to a Google-translated version of a story published by China's Xinhua News Agency.
According to Xinhua, another captain in service on the flight, Liang Peng, was awarded two million yuan; the co-pilot, who was pulled back into the cockpit and survived, was awarded a million yuan, and so were the other six crew members.
The aircraft was about 40 minutes into its flight from Chongqing (CKG) to Lhasa (LXA) and 32,000 feet up when the windshield cracked, causing quick decompression and dragging co-pilot Xu Ruichen halfway out. Fortunately, because of Chaunjian's swift reaction, no passengers were harmed.