But he flew the plane manually and landed it safely.
The cockpit window shattered at an altitude of about 9,800m (32,000ft).
Pilot Liu Chuanjian told the Red Star News, a local news portal, that the windshield had given way without warning around 150km from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.
"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".
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"Everything in the cockpit was floating in the air.", the Captain continued.
The pilot added that the cabin equipment malfunctioned as a result and it was so noisy he could not hear the wireless. The other members of the crew also got injured, while all the passengers were safe, the report said.
"In 1990, one of the pilots on British Airways Flight 5390 was blown partially out of the cabin window after its windshield blew out at 23,000 feet". While some netizens asked for rewarding the captain, others called for better safety measures.
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No one was killed from the incident, which occurred about an hour into the flight headed from southwestern China to Tibet on Monday morning. CAAC said that the Airbus jet began service on July 26, 2011 and its windshield had no record of defects and had not undergone any maintenance or been replaced before the accident. A similar incident occurred on an Atlasglobal flight from Istanbul to north Cyprus past year. The co-pilot suffered a sprained wrist along with some cuts after his ordeal of being partially pulled out of the plane through that hole. A flight attendant also received a minor injury during the accident.
The harrowing incident comes almost a month after a woman on a Southwest Airlines flight from NY died after shrapnel from a blown engine smashed the window, forcing out part of her body as other passengers pulled her back in.
But a string of recent inflight incidents involving broken windows have caused alarm among many travelers, to the point where at least one consumer survey shows that a few fliers are even avoiding window seat assignments. "It was very hard to control", he added. "People were shocked", the agency quoted an unnamed passenger as saying. In that case, the windscreen broke and caused the plane to lose cabin pressure and make an emergency landing.
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