Passenger "sucked out" on Southwest Airlines dies when engine blows

Flight 1380 From NYC to Dallas crash landed in Philly. Engine exploded in the air and blew open window 3 seats away from...

Posted by Marty Martinez on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

It's been almost a decade since a passenger died in an accident involving one of the American commercial airlines  . . . the last time it happened was in 2009.  But tragically, that streak ended yesterday.

A Southwest flight had just taken off from LaGuardia in New York and was headed for Dallas yesterday morning when the left engine BLEW OUT.

A piece of shrapnel apparently flew off the engine and smashed a hole in one of the windows . . . and a woman was almost SUCKED OUT of the plane.  The other passengers had to literally pull her back into the plane to try to save her life.

After that, everyone on the plane braced themselves, and the pilots were able to get the plane down safely and make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

The woman was rushed to a hospital, but she died yesterday afternoon.  She's been identified as a 43-year-old mother of two named Jennifer Riordan.

The National Transportation Safety Board is examining the plane to figure out what went wrong. 

Passenger video of Southwest Airlines emergency landing

Southwest Airlines passenger Marty Martinez did a brief Facebook Live posting with the caption "Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing!! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas!!" https://6abc.cm/2H7PGEG

Posted by 6abc Action News on Tuesday, April 17, 2018
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