One dead after Southwest Airlines jet engine 'explosion'

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  1. classic33

    classic33 Well-Known Member

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    One person has been killed and seven others received medical treatment after a US passenger jet's engine ripped off midair, officials say.

    Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after a window, wings and fuselage were damaged in the incident, officials say.

    The flight was en route from New York's La Guardia airport to Dallas, Texas, with 143 passengers and five crew.

    The last passenger death on a US commercial flight was in 2009.

    The Boeing 737-700 in Tuesday morning's incident made a safe landing at 11:20 (15:20 GMT), said fire officials.

    She was pulled back inside by other passengers, Todd Bauer added.

    Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel told a news conference that seven passengers were treated at the scene for minor injuries, but they were not taken to hospital.

    The passengers and crew "did some pretty amazing things under very difficult circumstances", Commissioner Thiel added.

    First responders "found a fuel leak and small fire in one of the engines", he said, adding that they used foam to extinguish the flames.

    The US Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation.

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said they were aware of one fatality in the suspected "engine failure".

    NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt told reporters the type of engine, a CFM56, is "very widely used in commercial transport".

    The father of one passenger aboard the plane told NBC Philadelphia that a woman was "partially sucked out" of a window after it was pierced by debris from the engine.

    'Blood everywhere'
    In a statement, Southwest Airlines said they were "aware" the flight had been diverted to Philadelphia.

    "We are in the process of gathering more information," they said, adding: "Safety is always our top priority."

    "We are working diligently to support our customers and crews at this time."

    "All of a sudden, we heard this loud bang, rattling..." said one passenger.

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    "It just shredded the left-side engine completely... it was scary," Kristopher Johnson told CNN.

    Photos have been shared on social media showing passengers sitting in oxygen masks as the plane shudders around them.

    Timothy Bourman, a pastor from New York City, told he had been sitting in the rear of the plane when he heard a loud boom.

    "All the sudden, it felt like we dropped 100 feet," he said.

    "We were kind of out of control for a while. It seemed like the pilot was having a hard time controlling the plane. Honestly I think we just all thought we were going down."

    When flight attendants told passengers to brace for impact, Mr Bourman said he and his wife worried for the worst.

    "We're just all really thankful to be alive right now," he said. "Thankful to God, thankful to that pilot."

    Passenger Marty Martinez posted a brief Facebook live with the caption: "Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing!! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas!!"

    After landing, he told CBS News that it felt like the plane was "free-falling", and added that he saw one injured woman being taken off the plane by rescuers.

    "There was blood everywhere," he said.

    "First there was an explosion and then almost immediately the oxygen masks came down and probably within a matter of 10 seconds the engine hit a window and busted it wide open."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43803340
     
  2. Welsh dragon

    Welsh dragon Senior Member Staff Member

    Terrible news. It seems that the pilot did a terrific job to keep the plane flying and to land as well. Must have been terrifying for everyome concerned. It is a miracle that only 1 person died.
     
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    classic33

    classic33 Well-Known Member

    Could have been a lot worse.
     
  4. Welsh dragon

    Welsh dragon Senior Member Staff Member

    It could. I hear the passenger who was nearly sucked out of the plane has now died.
     
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    classic33

    classic33 Well-Known Member

    Tammie Jo Shults, the Southwest Airlines pilot who made an emergency landing Tuesday after the jet apparently blew an engine, got hit by shrapnel and lost a window, is being praised for her "nerves of steel" in helping to prevent a far worse tragedy after the catastrophe killed one passenger and left seven others hurt. Shults was at the controls of the Dallas-bound Flight 1380 when it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia, said her husband, Dean Shults.

    The twin-engine Boeing 737 that left New York with 149 people board was hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage, killing a passenger and injuring seven others, authorities said. The pilot took the plane into a rapid descent as passengers using oxygen masks that dropped from the ceiling braced for impact.

    Shults was among the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. military, according to friends and the alumni group at Shults' alma mater, MidAmerica Nazarene.

    Shults was a 1983 graduate of the university in Olathe, Kansas, where she earned degrees in biology and agribusiness, Carol Best, a university spokeswoman, told The Kansas City Star.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/southwest-flight-emergency-landing-pilot-tammie-jo-shults/
     
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