Heroic pilot honored and awarded 5 million yuan
China Daily

Pilot Liu Chuanjian appears at the headquarters of Sichuan Airlines in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. (Photo by Huang Zhiling/chinadaily.com.cn)

Liu Chuanjian, the pilot for Sichuan Airlines Flight 3U8633, has been given the honorary title of "CAAC Heroic Captain" and an award of 5 million yuan ($780,872) at a meeting held Friday.

As Liu flew the Airbus A319 over Chengdu on May 14, the right-hand side of the cockpit window broke, and his co-pilot was almost sucked out. Liu landed the plane at the Chengdu airport, and all crew members and the 119 passengers are safe.

At the meeting held by the Civil Aviation Administration of China and Sichuan provincial government, the crew of Flight 3U8633 was honored as the "CAAC Heroic Crew."

The second captain Liang Peng was awarded 2 million yuan and the co-pilot 1 million yuan, while the other six crew members shared 1 million yuan.