One Southwest Explosion in midair leaves one person dead

On April 17th, Southwest Flight 1380 was taking off at Laguardia Airport in New York City. 20 minutes later, number 1 engine began to explode as engine failure, as it was flying 32,000 feet in the air. The plane was carrying 144 passengers and 5 crew members. The flight was supposed to go from NYC to Dallas. However, it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The cabin was losing pressure, which caused oxygen masks to drop. One window was blown out. 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan, the woman who was sitting in a window seat when that moment happened was dead. She was sucked out of the plane. 7 people were injured. The people were recording the details as the explosion happened. Shaken passengers had to be evacuated. This was not the first time the airline experienced the incident. In 2016, a similar Southwest airplane was losing engine, when it went to Orlando (with no injuries though.) However, medal was sliced. They were trying to figure out what caused the plane engine to explode. The airline also sent condolences to the family whose woman that lost her life.

Tammie Jo Shults, the female pilot was created as a hero, for saving the plane. Back in the 80’s, she was the first female fighter pilot in the Navy. The cause for the explosion was the metal fatigue in an engine fan blade. The flight was known as the 22 minute flight of terror. The left engine explosion sent the airplane 41° bank to the left. As much as 75 miles of engine parts were in outside the Philadelphia airport. Riordan was a married mother of 2 kids, and a bank executive from New Mexico. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The other passengers tried to perform CPR, but it went unsuccessful. She was the first person to be killed in 9 years. She leaves behind her kids and her husband.

The FAA ordered emergency settings for airplanes to check fan blades on engines on 737s. Other airlines were doing the same. That was something they were considering, but it was not materialized. The new order goes beyond what it was previously proposed. Engines with a high number of takeoffs and landings, must complete the inspections within 20 days. European regulations were issuing that order as well.  It was revealed that Riordan died of blunt force trauma from the head, neck and torso. Family friend/ former Mayor Richard Berry said that she had every once of energy to lift up her friends and family. The explosion likely happened when a fan blade broke from its base. Many people were not putting the oxygen mask correctly, as they were supposed to cover the nose and mouth. Instead, take were taking pictures on their phones, when they were suppose to put the phones away. (Please listen to the flight attendants) This was the second time it happened. Shult’s years of training helped avoided what could’ve been a tragedy. She has earned 3 service medals, was a lieutenant commander, and a fighter pilot instructor. One way people called her a hero was contacting air traffic control, and have the medical meet them on the runway. The airplane was not on fire, but rather a hole on the engine.  Shult’s said in a statement “We all feel we were simply doing our jobs. Our hearts are heavy. On behalf of the entire Crew, we appreciate the outpouring of support from the public and our coworkers as we all reflect on one family’s profound loss.” (Today)  New video shows flight attendants shout for everyone to breathe, while wearing oxygen masks. The crew scrambled for an AED and fibulator. Southwest was one of the airlines to request more time. The FAA has conducted an urgent airworthy directive to conduct ultrasound test, to serch for any metal fatigue.


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