During a Sichuan Airlines flight from Chongqing, China to Lhasa, Tibet on Monday, one of the cockpit windshields cracked and fell off as the plane was cruising at 500 miles per hour, six miles high in the sky. The force of the burst sucked one of the co-pilots halfway out of the plane, and rendered much of the equipment inside useless. Fortunately, the guy survived thanks to his seatbelt, which prevented him from fully ejecting, but it still made for a harrowing scene. Truly frightening photos of the damaged cockpit have been making the rounds on social media.
"The windshield burst suddenly and a loud noise was heard, and when I looked to the side, I saw that the co-pilot was already halfway out of the window. Luckily his seatbelt was tied," Captain Liu Chuanjian told the Chengdu Economic Daily. "Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air. I couldn't hear the radio. The plane was shaking so hard I could not read the gauges."