Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Southwest Airlines pilots, executives reacted well to fatal engine failure, experts say

Southwest Airlines pilots, executives reacted well to fatal engine failure, experts say

"The window had broken and the suction, negative pressure had pulled her outside the plane partially".

The passengers also described horror in the moments after the plane's window was shattered.

The NTSB's release didn't name the precise engine model in the 2016 incident, but the board named CFM International, the manufacturer of the engine that failed Tuesday, as being a subject of the investigation. The plane was scheduled to travel onto San Francisco, where it was to depart on Wednesday and land at Chicago Midway about 11 a.m.

One of the engines on the Boeing 737 exploded while the plane was traveling 500 miles per hour (800 kph) at 30,000 feet (9144 m) with 149 people on board.

Shrapnel from the shredded engine smashed a window and almost sucked a passenger out of the jet.

Matt Tranchin, 34, of Dallas, said the travelers burst into applause once they landed.

A Christian, who is married to a fellow pilot and has two children, Shults said that sitting in the captain's chair gave her "the opportunity to witness for Christ on nearly every flight".

A blown engine on a Southwest Airlines jet Tuesday hurled shrapnel at the aircraft and led to the death of a passenger who was almost blown out of a broken window of the Boeing 737.

Seven other passengers were slightly injured.

Shults graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 1983, and her alma mater says she became one of the first female fighter pilots for the US Navy.

"If you have video, photos regarding the Southwest Airlines engine failure, please contact NTSB; witness@ntsb.gov", the agency wrote on one of its Twitter accounts.

Shults then became one of the first female fighter pilots in the USA military, according to the alumni group at her alma mater.

McGinty says that's when Texas firefighter Andrew Needum ran to help and the two were able to pull the woman back in.

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Bourman was among passengers who said they had been saved by divine intervention.

Riordan was killed. She was a mother of two and vice president of community relations for Wells Fargo in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"Jennifer makes an impression on you with her positive energy", Marianne Riordan of Williston said Wednesday afternoon in a phone conversation with The Burlington Free Press.

Riordan's grieving family said of her: "Her impact on everyone she touched can never be fully measured".

The death generated an outpouring of grief from Albuquerque business leaders, elected officials, poets, and activists.

Shrapnel from a blown jet engine crashed through a window of the Southwest Airlines 737 and caused such a perilous drop in air pressure that Jennifer Riordan suffered fatal injuries after almost being sucked outside the plane.

Kathy Farnan, a 77-year-old from Santa Fe, New Mexico, said people seated near her in the front, away from the damage, remained relatively calm.

Peggy Phillips spoke to WFAA-TV upon her arrival in Dallas Tuesday night.

Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt said Riordan was sitting next to the window and wearing her seatbelt when the window came out of the plane.

She heard a lot of commotion a few rows behind her, noise and a whoosh of air and calls for someone who knew CPR.

She says she and an EMT lay the woman down and performed CPR for about 20 minutes, until the plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

In August 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a rule that would require airlines to use ultrasound to inspect fan blades of certain CFM56-7B engines.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are studying why a missing fan blade from the engine on the 737-700 apparently broke off in flight.

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