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Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 Loses Windscreen; Crew Injuries Reported

A Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319-133—operating as 3U8633—was climbing out of Chongqing through 33,200 feet when its right-main cockpit windscreen separated from the aircraft. The ensuing cabin decompression resulted in parts of the flight control panel being sucked from the aircraft. The aircraft made a safe landing in Chengdu where only two injuries were reported—a member of the cockpit crew (likely the first officer) and another cabin crew member. The aircraft was bound for Lhasa, Tibet.

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The aircraft was delivered new to Sichuan Airlines in June 2011. The aircraft was built at the Airbus’ Tianjin facility and is 6.8 years old, according to Planespotters.net.

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This is a developing story. Photos provided by China Aviation Review and Planespotters.net.