Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Engine Explosion Forces Southwest Emergency Landing

Engine Explosion Forces Southwest Emergency Landing

The NTSB investigates the most serious engine failures and conducted a probe of another Southwest engine issue in 2016.

A federal investigator says one person has been killed after a plane with engine failure made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The engine will eventually be shipped for a detailed examination.

"One passenger, a woman, was partially ... was drawn out towards the out of the plane ... was pulled back in by other passengers", he said in a phone interview with NBC10.

Philadelphia Fire Department Commissioner Adam Thiel (TEAL') declined to release any additional details on the victim or their condition.

Multiple outlets have reported that one passenger was taken to the hospital with injuries.

Marty Martinez left appears with other passengers after a jet engine blew out on the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 plane
Engine Explosion Forces Southwest Emergency Landing

Asked by a controller if the jet was on fire, Shults responds it was not but added, "They said there is a hole and someone went out".

A Southwest jetliner made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after an engine blew out, forcing the suspension of flights in and out of the airport.

Passenger Amanda Bourman of NY she was seated near the back of the plane and was asleep when she heard a loud noise.

The cabin suddenly lost pressure when engine debris pierced the window and flight attendants were crying, one passenger, Marty Martinez, founder and chief executive officer of Social Revolt digital marketing in Dallas, said in an interview. He gave no details, but the woman who almost got sucked out was the only one seriously injured and was taken off the plane by emergency workers.

A Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines jet made an emergency landing at Philadelphia's airport Tuesday with part of the covering from its left engine ripped off and a window damaged.

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The airlines company changed their logo to a white heart on Tuesday in response to the tragic incident.

Martinez wrote on Instagram, "Engine exploded and shattered one of the windows critically injuring a passenger".

The Philadelphia airport tweeted that flight 1380 "landed safely at PHL and passengers are being brought into the terminal". She said the plane was fairly quiet because everyone was wearing a mask, while some passengers were in tears and others shouted words of encouragement.

Passengers exit the damaged aircraft at Philadelphia International Airport.

Last year, the engine maker and the Federal Aviation Administration instructed airlines to make ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades of engines like those on the Southwest jet.

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The flight, Southwest 1380 from NY to Dallas diverted to Philadelphia after an uncontained engine failure of the no1 engine pierced the cabin with debris.

Tracking data from FlightAware.com showed Flight 1380 was heading west over Pennsylvania at about 32,200 feet (10 km) and traveling 500 miles per hour (800 kph) when it abruptly turned toward Philadelphia.

It was not immediately clear what led to the emergency landing. You can read various passenger accounts below and see photos and videos of the incident.

Passengers posted photos of the mangled plane after the emergency landing. It did not immediately provide an explanation for the diversion.

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