The Chinese pilot, Liu Chuanjian, was awarded five million yuan, and the title of ‘hero, captain of China’s civil aviation.”
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A Sichuan Airlines pilot has been awarded approximately $776,912 for a quiet landing of a flight after his co-pilot was “sucked halfway there” out of the cockpit window, the Daily Mail reported.
The Chinese pilot, Liu Chuanjian, was awarded nearly five million yuan and the title of ‘hero, captain of China’s civil aviation,” the Xinhua news agency reported.
AIRLINE CO-PILOT ‘SUCKED HALFWAY’ OUT OF THE COCKPIT WINDOW, REPORTS SAY
Chuanjian was the operation of the plane to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, when a windshield suddenly shattered at 32,000 feet above the ground and pulled his co-pilot, who was wearing his seat belt, out the window.
“Suddenly, the windshield just cracked and made a loud bang,” he reportedly said. “The next thing I know, my co-pilot was sucked halfway out the window.”
Chunajian was forced to immediately land the Airbus A319 carry 119 passengers.
The co-pilot allegedly bumps and scratches. None of the passengers were injured.
Other members of the crew were also awarded for the successful handling of the emergency, the Daily Mail reported.
Xu Ruichen, the 27-year-old co-pilot got a million yuan ($156,228). The deputy captain, Peng Liang, was awarded two million yuan ($312,456), and the six other crew members were given one million yuan between them, Xinhua reported.
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The May 14 incident was investigated by the authorities.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, China Southern Airlines, said a “mechanical failure” was to blame.
Additional reporting by Edmund Initiative.
Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.