Sichuan Airlines Flight 3U8633 declared an emergency (7700) after taking off from CKG (Chongqing) for Lhasa. After takeoff, one of the pieces of cockpit windshield blew off. The crew decided to land in the nearest airport- Chengdu Shuangliu Airport (CTU). The plane landed and evacuated all passengers safely.
As you can see from the image shown above, the glass on the right side completely fell off. The Airbus’ Flight control unit and glare shield in the cockpit were seriously deformed from the sudden decompression.
Aircraft information :
- Aircraft: Airbus A319
Here is the external image of the aircraft. Image from Weibo:航空事
As the image above shows, the glass on the First officer’s side of the cockpit fell off completely.
Flightradar 24 Image :
Image from Li Junjie
This is similar to another accident which happened on June 10, 1990 (BA 5390). Fortunately, the pilots of 3U8633 had their seatbelts fastened.
Here is rendering of the BA aircraft that had a similar accident on June 10, 1990. Image from Weibo:瘦驼
Detail images of the cockpit at that time. Images from Weibo:瘦驼
Featured image from Weibo: 瘦驼