UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A Sichuan Airlines plane made an emergency landing after its windscreen broke at almost 10,000m in the air, sucking the co-pilot halfway out of the plane.

The plane was carrying 119 passengers from China’s southern city of Chongqing to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.

Captain Liu Chuanjian told Chengdu Economic Daily that the Airbus A319 had been flying mid-air when a deafening sound flooded the cockpit.

He said the windshield cracked and made a loud bang and that the next thing he realized was his co-pilot sucked halfway out of the window.

Luckily, the co-pilot was wearing a seatbelt, he said.

Captain Liu then calmed himself and made an emergency landing 20 minutes later.

The co-pilot suffered scratches and a sprained wrist but reports suggest he is okay.

None of the other passengers were injured.