UPDATE: A woman has died as a result of the explosion of an engine on the Southwest airplane:
Jennifer Riordan, 43, a mother-of-two from Albuquerque, was on a business trip when the plane’s left engine exploded sending shrapnel flying into a window next to her seat (more details below).
This is just breaking and is a first-hand look at video and photos taken inside a Southwest Airlines jet that was en route from New York to Dallas that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday morning after an engine blew in flight, authorities said. A woman was partially sucked out of the window but was pulled in by passengers (see below).
NBC Philadelphia reports:
A Southwest Airlines flight landed safely in Philadelphia Tuesday after the jet violently depressurized when a piece of an engine flew into and broke a window, a passenger’s father tells NBC10.
The father, Todd Baur, said that a female passenger was partially sucked out of the plane when the window imploded.
“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.
The Dallas-bound Boeing 737-700 made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. There were 149 people onboard.
“There is a hole in the side of the aircraft, also,” the aircraft controller relayed to firefighters at the airport.
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Marty Martinez took first-hand video and photos of what happened right after the explosion:
He was taking video and commenting: “Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing!!
The video is choppy but it’s understandable considering the circumstances.
It’s rare that you see something like this mid-flight: