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China Investigates Shattered Windshield on Airbus Plane

Workers inspect a Sichuan Airlines aircraft that made an emergency landing in Chengdu after a cockpit windshield broke off. Photo: VCG
Workers inspect a Sichuan Airlines aircraft that made an emergency landing in Chengdu after a cockpit windshield broke off. Photo: VCG

China’s aviation authority said the windshield that shattered during a Sichuan Airlines flight Monday, forcing an emergency landing, was the original equipment installed by Airbus and didn’t have any repair history before the failure.

The cockpit windshield on an Airbus A319 blew out Monday at 32,000 feet, causing a co-pilot to be partly sucked out of the plane. The flight eventually landed safely. The co-pilot and another crew member suffered minor injuries.

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