Southwest pilots righted plane quickly after engine failed

Mae Love
April 21, 2018

Mr Needum, a Texas firefighter, said he heard commotion behind him and his wife nodded it was OK to leave her and try to save Ms Riordan.

Suddenly, oxygen masks fell down from the ceiling.

Martinez said it was a rough landing, and he wasn't sure if the plane was going to crash.

The woman - identified as Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico - died at a hospital.

One of the Southwest airline passengers Peggy Phillips, who is a nurse, attempted CPR on Riordan during the emergency landing. Sumwalt said. "Right now, we just want to document everything that we can".

"I felt moved to act, as well as others on the plane", he said.

"I looked in her eyes and she basically gave me the approval to go back there".

"We all feel we were simply doing our jobs", Shults and Ellisor said in a statement posted on the airline's social media pages. "I am trained for emergency situations, and that is exactly what it was".

"Their loss is the most profound", a description on the website reads, "as they will not get the chance to know her in her full force of service and dedication as many children do as they grow and know their parents - seeing her as more than Mommy and in the full grace of her being and selfless service".

Before the plane landed, the pilot asked the air traffic controller to send medics to meet it on the tarmac.

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"If you can possibly imagine going through the window of an airplane at about 600 miles per hour and hitting either the fuselage or the wing with your body, with your face, then I think I can probably tell you there was significant trauma", Phillips told ABC. "We know that God's in control".

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating why the engine malfunctioned.

One of 24 fan blades was missing, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said in Philadelphia.

United Continental Holdings (UAL.N) said that it had begun inspections earlier after a recommendation from CFM.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday night it will issue a directive in the next two weeks requiring inspections of certain CFM56-7B engines.

A public memorial service for Riordan is set for Sunday in Albuquerque.

To Ms Mackey, it was a "godsend" when fellow passengers Tim McGinty and Andrew Needum tugged Ms Riordan's body back inside the cabin.

Southwest said this is the first death from an in-flight incident in company history. She had 2 children and was an employee at Wells Fargo.

"She had two kids and a loving husband and a community around her that loved her".

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