Airliner plunges 10,000 feet in three minutes after cockpit window cracks

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A Chinese airliner with 178 passengers aboard plummeted 10,000 feet in three minutes after the cockpit window cracked – sending their meals and belongings tumbling onto the aisle as they put on oxygen masks, according to a report.

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The mayhem aboard the Ruili Airlines Boeing 737 erupted 30 minutes after it took off Tuesday from Xi’an for a domestic flight to Kunming when the electrically heated windscreen began to spark and then suddenly cracked, The Sun reported.

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Flight 6558 was forced to make an emergency landing at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, according to the news outlet.

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The passengers were put on another plane that was sent to Chongqing from Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province in southwest China where the low-cost carrier is based.

The plane returned to Kunming after a delay of about six hours, The Sun reported.

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