Southwest Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Passenger Is Partially Sucked Out of Window

By Paul Riegler on 17 April 2018
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DSC_0251A Southwest Airlines flight en route to Dallas from New York made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of the plane’s engines exploded and broke a window, causing a passenger to be “partially sucked out” of the aircraft.

One person, Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was reported to have succumbed to injuries incurred when struck by explosion debris and partially sucked out of the cabin through a broken window. Seven passengers were reported injured.

The National Traffic Safety Board said that the passenger’s death was the first fatality for a U.S. airline in nine years.

“The entire Southwest Airlines Family is devastated and extends its deepest, heartfelt sympathy to the Customers, employees, family members and loved ones affected by this tragic event,” the airline said in a statement.

Flight 1380 departed New York’s LaGuardia Airport at 10:27 a.m. and landed in Philadelphia 56 minutes later.

The passenger was pulled back in by other passengers. Photographs posted on social media accounts show damage to the Boeing 737’s left engine.

Southwest said that 143 passengers and five crew members were on the flight.

Philadelphia International Airport said on Twitter that the plane “landed safely at PHL and passengers are being brought into the terminal.”

The Federal Aviation Administration said the National Transportation Safety Board would be in charge of investigating the incident.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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