Southwest Airlines crew detail engine explosion

SHARE Southwest Airlines crew detail engine explosion

President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Tammie Jo Shults, a Southwest Airlines Co. captain, while meeting with the crew and passengers of Southwest Airlines flight 1380 in the Oval Office of the White House on May 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C. | Getty

PHILADELPHIA — The flight crew on the Southwest Airlines jet that was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after an engine exploded described the harrowing experience in their first joint interview on Wednesday.

Capt. Tammie Jo Shults called her first officer Darren Ellisor an “unsung hero” on “CBS This Morning,” saying he helped communicate with the flight attendants while she took controls for the landing.

Shults, who was one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, said her military training helped her keep calm.

Meanwhile in the cabin, flight attendant Rachel Fernheimer said she made sure to reassure passengers that everything would be OK.

The crew had met together before the flight and one of the topics they discussed was faith, according to Shults. Flight attendant Seanique Mallory said considering what happened moments later, “God had already prepared us without us even knowing.”


1 dead after jet blows an engine

A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380

US regulators to require inspections after engine explosion

The plane was heading from New York to Dallas on April 17 when one of the engines on the Boeing 737 exploded at 30,000 feet.

Part of the engine struck a window, shattering it and causing a partial loss of pressure that led to 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, being partially sucked out. She died later.

Shults said while she is glad the plane landed safely, “the survival of 148 never eclipses the loss of one.”

A preliminary finding by the National Transportation Safety Board showed one of the plane’s engine blades snapped due to metal fatigue.

Dallas-based Southwest executives said crews inspected its fleet and found only one engine blade that showed signs of cracking.

The Latest
Sarah Jackson Abedelal is also cooperating with the feds in their investigation, a move that could land her a lower sentence. Her sentencing hearing is being postponed while her cooperation continues.
“I’m super passionate and super happy for the guy on the mound for striking a guy out,” McGuire says.
Losing the two schools would be devastating for the Pac-12 and could lead to another round of conference realignment impacting every league in the Power Five.
The most frightening thing we’ve learned over the past six years is just how indifferent the vast majority of the Republican Party is to the rule of law, the Constitution, basic decency and truth
LaShawn Ford, a Chicago Democrat, is one of those behind the push.