Not long after a woman was killed by being partly sucked out of an aircraft window, it’s happened again, this time on a Sichuan Airlines craft. NBC reports:
BEIJING — The cockpit was in chaos.
About an hour into a Sichuan Airlines flight headed from southwestern China to Tibet on Monday morning, the pilot heard a piercing sound, and then the windshield inexplicably shattered. Captain Liu Chuanjian found himself in a turbulent struggle to maintain control of a plane full of 119 passengers.
He turned to his co-pilot only to see “half his body suspended out of the window,” he said. “Fortunately, he was wearing a seat belt.”
Liu described the terror at 30,000 feet during a taped interview with the Chengdu Business News, while Sichuan Airlines thanked him and the crew in a statement for their life-saving actions. No one was killed.
What in the heck is going on? Coincidence? The large number of flights makes incidents like this inevitable? Omni-present smartphones make covering stuff like this up impossible? They’re flying differently? Faulty maintenance? What?