Sichuan Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Windshield Breaks off Mid-Flight

May 14, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

A Sichuan Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Chengdu, China (CTU) on Monday after one of the windshields broke off the aircraft mid-flight.

Sichuan Airlines Flight 8633 was traveling from Chongqing (CKG) to Lhasa (LXA) on board an Airbus A319, registration B-6419. According to flight-tracking website FlightRadar24, after the aircraft was in the air for about 40 minutes, it reportedly experienced windshield separation at just more than 32,000 feet, causing sudden decompression.

Upon the aircraft’s emergency landing arrival at Chengdu, the right windshield of the aircraft was visibly missing. Prior to landing, parts of the cockpit system were reportedly sucked out of the aircraft as the result of decompression. The images in the tweet below clearly show the autopilot control panel was ripped off the dashboard.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China’s (CAAC) Southwest Regional Administration said on its website that none of the 119 passengers were injured in the incident, however, the pilot in the right seat suffered scratches and a waist sprain. In addition, the CAAC said that one cabin crew member was also injured on the flight’s descent.

Reuters reports that the CAAC has yet to release details on what caused the windshield to break off. Sichuan Airlines said on its Weibo account that the flight had experienced a “mechanical failure.” A spokesperson for Airbus said the aircraft manufacturer would provide any support requested by the CAAC and Sichuan Airlines.

According to Sichuan Airlines, passengers on board the flight were placed on a different aircraft to carry them to their final destination, the capital of Tibet, Lhasa.

The aircraft involved in the incident, B-6419, is just more than 6.5 years old, according to PlaneSpotters.net. The A319 is equipped with two IAE V2500 engines and was delivered to Sichuan Airlines in July 2011. Sichuan Airlines has been the only operator of this particular aircraft.

Incidents involving cracked windows and windshields are not that uncommon. However, it is rare for an entire window or windshield to break.

Monday’s Sichuan Airlines incident comes about one month after a passenger on board a Southwest Airlines flight was partially sucked out of a window after it had been blown open by pieces of shrapnel from an engine explosion. The passenger, Jennifer Riordan, died from her injuries.

Featured image by Wikimedia Commons.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Offer ends 7/28/21.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
  • Limited Time Offer: Plus, get a 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months from the date of account opening, then a variable 15.74%-24.74%. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
0% on purchases for 12 months
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.