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Re: A Sichuan Airlines’ Lhasa-bound flight from CKG made emergency landing at CTU after cockpit window broke

Wed May 16, 2018 3:55 pm

JetBuddy wrote:
Wow, that's an interesting account for what happened Zoedyn. This was a really extreme situation.

This thread should be of interest to a lot of people, but it seems like a lot of forum members don't know what has happened. I wonder if it's the long thread title, or that it happened in China and not in the West. (I'm not criticizing).


No worries. I am sure such an unusual incident with such a common aircraft that bordered on a deadly tragedy literally by a thread would engage the whole-hearted attention of all obvious stakeholders in the industry, particularly aircraft manufacturers, MRO operators, pilot-training academies, airlines, aviation authorities, etc, apart from Sichuan Airlines and Airbus :cool2:

More details during the incident have come to light. Here is an account of the incident from the perspective of a passenger. Per this report 川航乘客:机舱断电,听到空姐大吼“我们有信心有能力迫降地面”Stewardess was heard shouting: "We have the confidence and competency for a safe forced landing", a man named Pingcuo aboard the flight got the following description

事发当时,平措正在打盹。一声巨响,他突然被惊醒,感觉飞机失重往下掉,氧气面罩也掉了下来,看到空姐赶紧协助大家戴上氧气面罩。
“除了失重的一刹那,后面飞行都挺平稳。”平措说,但恐慌情绪还是在机舱蔓延,有乘客开始呕吐,他也感觉手发麻。他非常清楚正在经历一场飞行事故,而对此却毫无办法。


Pingcuo said he was dozing off when things went wrong. A huge bang, he got awoken and scared, and felt the plane was free falling; oxygen masks were also dropping down; stewardesses were seen rushing to help everybody put on the masks.
He said he was at that moment fully aware he was in the middle of a mid-air accident, but was completely incapacitated to do anything

当时机舱断电,机舱广播没法工作。突然,听到一位空姐扯着嗓子朝大家吼:“请相信我们,我们有信心有能力带大家迫降地面!”
空姐照常工作,给乘客们发水。受到这样的气氛感染,乘客们在整个迫降过程中也都保持惊人一致的镇定。直到飞机成功迫降双流机场时,平措才和身旁的哥们儿紧紧拥抱在一起。


There was power failure within the cabin, and the loudspeaker couldn't work. Unexpectedly, a stewardess was heard shouting to everyone at the top of her voice: "Please believe in us. We have the confidence and competency to bring everybody to a safe forced landing!"

The stewardesses went on to work as usual, and passed drink water around passengers. Amidst such infectious ambience, all passengers surprisingly without exception remained calm and unperturbed throughout the forced landing. When the plane eventually made a safe landing at CTU, Pingcuo and a pal nearby couldn't help giving each other a close hug

The inside look of the cabin for Flight #3U8633 during the emergency
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Re: A Sichuan Airlines’ Lhasa-bound flight from CKG made emergency landing at CTU after cockpit window broke

Wed May 16, 2018 4:36 pm

kmz wrote:
Did the whole window separate or is there a hole in it? In the picture taken from the outside it seems that there is a hole, but i might be wrong


The whole window pane came off, which is how it does so much damage to the mode control panel (The section where you set altitude/speed/heading, etc. for autopilots among other things) to start with (along with damaging the F/O's PFD/MFD), as that section of the panel is getting pull out of the plane.

And this is also what make this a very rare event. Cracked windshield happened once every so often, but it's very rare that the whole window pane/windscreen would come off. The only other known case, like many said, was BA5390 back in 1990.


Zoedyn wrote:
Pingcuo said he was dozing off when things went wrong. A huge bang, he got awoken and scared, and felt the plane was free falling; oxygen masks were also dropping down; stewardesses were seen rushing to help everybody put on the masks.
He said he was at that moment fully aware he was in the middle of a mid-air accident, but was completely incapacitated to do anything


This is also why the cabin crew deserved tons of praises, especially when you compare this to the AirAsia flight attendent that went into panic mode during an earlier depressurization event. In this case, the cabin crew remained very calm, did their job to ensure safety of everyone, and that resulted in a very calm cabin.
 
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Re: A Sichuan Airlines’ Lhasa-bound flight from CKG made emergency landing at CTU after cockpit window broke

Thu May 17, 2018 12:56 am

http://k.sina.com.cn/article_1887344341 ... =none&tr=9

As per the report, CAAC's local watchdog Civil Aviation Bureau for Southwest Region has established an investigation team, with investigations fully underway, and issued a special 4-point directive to all stakeholders in the region to ensure aviation safety:

1. Every airline must stay highly vigilant via comprehensive assessment, prevention and control of all possible risks to prevent repetition of similar incidents. A universal check must be undertaken on the same type of equipment that triggered the incident across the board

2. Flight and cabin crew need to ramp up awareness of self-protection, strictly adhere to operating standards and manuals, and alert passengers to buckling up seatbelts

3. Every department needs to enhance emergency-response capability through coordinated efforts, information sharing, and commanding a good knowledge of procedures and plans

4. Every department needs to strengthen capacity-building for all professionals, and intensify training and drills for operations/emergency-response/rescue in extraordinary scenarios


It's reported that CAAC has, in accordance with international regulations with Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation, notified Airbus and France's BEA (Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile), who would send technicians to join in the investigations

zakuivcustom wrote:
This is also why the cabin crew deserved tons of praises, especially when you compare this to the AirAsia flight attendent that went into panic mode during an earlier depressurization event. In this case, the cabin crew remained very calm, did their job to ensure safety of everyone, and that resulted in a very calm cabin.


Maybe a trip for the flight and cabin crew to the Great Hall of the People with an audience with top "Party and State" leaders is being planned by relevant departments?
 
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Re: A Sichuan Airlines’ Lhasa-bound flight from CKG made emergency landing at CTU after cockpit window broke

Thu May 17, 2018 3:04 am

Zoedyn wrote:
There was power failure within the cabin, and the loudspeaker couldn't work. Unexpectedly, a stewardess was heard shouting to everyone at the top of her voice: "Please believe in us. We have the confidence and competency to bring everybody to a safe forced landing!"

The stewardesses went on to work as usual, and passed drink water around passengers. Amidst such infectious ambience, all passengers surprisingly without exception remained calm and unperturbed throughout the forced landing. When the plane eventually made a safe landing at CTU, Pingcuo and a pal nearby couldn't help giving each other a close hug


Huge props to the crew!
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Re: A Sichuan Airlines’ Lhasa-bound flight from CKG made emergency landing at CTU after cockpit window broke

Thu May 17, 2018 2:33 pm

http://m.edushi.com/bang/info/2-9-n4400633.html

Now we got to know more about the heroic captain of Flight #3U8633 Mr Liu Chuanjian, as the Chinese article in the link above reveals

Liu went to No. 2 Flight College of PLA Air Force for university education in 1991, and became a pilot-training educator by staying to teach at his alma mater upon graduation with honors in 1995. He was awarded an army commendation title of the third highest honor for outstanding service in the PLA in 2000. Since retiring from the PLA in 2006, he has been flying as a civilian pilot with Sichuan Airlines

This sets one wondering to what extent did his previous military background help him to steer clear of the emergency

Pic of Liu as a young serviceman in uniform with PLA Air Force
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Re: A Sichuan Airlines’ Lhasa-bound flight from CKG made emergency landing at CTU after cockpit window broke

Thu May 17, 2018 8:54 pm

Random bonus being able to control with a side-stick when someone would normally be draped over a control yoke. Never really thought of that aspect before.
 
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Re: A Sichuan Airlines’ Lhasa-bound flight from CKG made emergency landing at CTU after cockpit window broke

Thu May 17, 2018 9:04 pm

Zoedyn wrote:
The inside look of the cabin for Flight #3U8633 during the emergency


They're wearing the masks covering nose and mouth.
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Re: A Sichuan Airlines’ Lhasa-bound flight from CKG made emergency landing at CTU after cockpit window broke

Fri May 18, 2018 9:37 am

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Holy molly.
That's something, well done to the crew.

The FO's PFD is gone too.
Brute force.

Thank god the FO is safe.
Actually thank god they were all safe. They could have lost the entire instrument panel and the plane.

This is potentially a dangerous design flaw. Those panels are too loose. They shouldnt be sucked out even in the strongest possible explosive decompression.
 
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Re: A Sichuan Airlines’ Lhasa-bound flight from CKG made emergency landing at CTU after cockpit window broke

Fri May 18, 2018 10:39 am

Flight crew must have had a hard time getting that A319 on the ground. Some seriously good airman-ship.

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