In light of the recent tragedy that cost a woman her lift, Southwest Airlines officials have ordered a complete investigation to determine what caused the engine failure. Various news outlets reported that this is the first human casualty the company registered since the 2009 accident.
Southwest Airlines Airplane Lost Engine After Second Explosion
A Southwest Airlines spokesperson recently declared that the company is cooperating with authorities and, at the same time, launched its own investigation to determine the factors that contributed to the Tuesday accident.
Based on the official report, on Tuesday, at around 11 a.m. the company-owned Boeing 737-200, carrying 144 passengers, took off from the LaGuardia Airport. The Southwest flight 1380 was bound for Dallas.
However, 20 to 30 minutes after taking off, an explosion crippled one of the jet’s engines. Several seconds later, a second explosion damages the fuselage and depressurizes the plane. Jennifer Riordan, a Catholic school teacher, was sitting near the window when the second explosion occurred.
Several eyewitnesses declared that the blast was so extensive that the window broke, sucking out Riordan. One man told the investigators that Riordan was almost completely sucked through the plane’s window, with her head and arms dangling outside.
Some recall seeing blood being splattered across the plane’s interior while several men attempted to pull Riordan inside.
Tammie Jo Shults, the flight’s pilot, declared that after the first explosion, the plane began losing altitude fast. After the second explosion occurred, Shults saw part of the fuselage exposed and a minor fire.
One of the passenger, who’s a registered nurse, attempted to perform CPR on the woman for more than 20 minutes but to no avail. The pilot landed the plane safely on Philadelphia’s International Airport. No other casualties were registered during the incident.
A company spokesperson declared that more information would be made available as the investigation continues.
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