Cowboy, firefighter stopped woman from getting sucked out of Southwest plane


About 20 minutes after their flight departed from NY, passengers say they heard what sounded like explosions.

The passenger plane blew an engine at 32,000ft and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window, causing her to be partially sucked out of the window.

Lujan says he's amazed by everyone on the flight, from the passengers to the pilot, Tammie Jo Shults, who was able to safely land the plane. Andrew Needum, a firefighter from Celina, Texas, came to help, and the two of them managed to drag her back inside.

Cockpit recordings show how calmly Ms Shults dealt with the situation as the aircraft plunged towards the ground.

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.

Any unlucky passenger near the hole will instantly be pulled toward that hole with "tremendous force", Anderson said.

Air traffic control responded: "Injured passengers, OK". "And is your airplane physically on fire?" "You can arrive at that next level", Garber said.

Shults: "Southwest 1380 has an engine fire". We felt the plane dip a little bit and then we dropped altitude fairly quickly.

Passengers commended Ms Shults, a former US Navy fighter pilot, for her cool-headed handling of the emergency.

What followed was a terrifying sequence of events that ended with one woman dead, seven people injured and an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport.

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He said he paid $8 to connect to WiFi as the plane was going down in order to say his goodbyes.

She said that shortly after take-off "we heard a loud noise and the plane started shaking like nothing I've ever experienced before".

Some major Boeing customers including Korean Airlines also are investigating that engine type, Reuters said Wednesday.

Shults has spoken publicly in the past about opposition she faced as a woman in the male-dominated field of military aviation. "She's a very confident person".

"You know that there's a job to do and you put every ounce of that energy into that job. Everyone did what they were asked to do and we all came together". She walked through the aisle and talked with passengers to make sure they were OK afterward.

"She has nerves of steel, " one passenger, Alfred Tumlinson, told the Associated Press. "Love you Mom", she said.

Johnson posted a picture of the shredded engine and thanked the crew, calling them #angelsinthesky. "We lost an engine mid-flight and they guided back to Philly". Although she wasn't sucked out of the plane, she did suffer fatal head injuries as a result of the incident.

European regulators this month began requiring an inspection by early next year of the type of engine that blew apart on a fatal Southwest Airlines flight on Tuesday, and a source said USA regulators were near a similar rule.

According to data released by the Navy, Shults received a commission on June 21, 1985 and was promoted to lieutenant commander in December 1995. "I thought, these are my last few moments on Earth and I want people to know what happened", said Martinez, who live-streamed the plane's descent into Philadelphia on Facebook. In the Navy, she became the first woman to fly an F/18 fighter jet, the paper reports.

Shults served at Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34 in Point Mugu, California, as an instructor, and also completed tours at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.