Trump "very proud" of crew of troubled Southwest flight

Virginia Carson
May 2, 2018

The flight had taken off April 17 from LaGuardia Airport in NY when an engine exploded and sent shrapnel through a window of the passenger compartment, causing a sudden loss of cabin pressure.

May 01-Crew members of the Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia when its engine exploded on April 17, killing a passenger, will meet with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday. "So thank you very much".

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The plane was traveling from NY to Dallas. About 20 minutes into the flight - at 30,000 feet - passengers heard a bang and felt a bump as a fan blade broke off in the engine, causing it to explode.

Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old bank executive from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was pulled partway out of the jet when a window shattered. Shultz was one of the first female fighter pilot in Navy history and has also said flying is her way of witnessing God firsthand. Riordan was the one passenger who died during the incident after being sucked out of a broken window, asserting that he would be praying for her husband and children. Retired nurse Peggy Phillips then helped administer CPR until the plane's emergency landing in Philadelphia.

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"These Americans responded with tremendous bravery", Mr. Trump said during the Oval Office meeting. Many passengers lauded the pilots, crew, and passenger heroes after the perilous, 40-minute flight was over. While the passengers waited for buses back to the terminal, Shults explained what happened.

"She was calm and she was collected", Madison said.

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