A violent depressurization followed and the female passenger was almost sucked. She was pulled back in by other passengers. Passenger oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. The incident occurred shortly after take-off of the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that was flying from La Guardia Airport in New York City to Dallas with 143 passengers and five crew, Tuesday morning. The explosion happened while the plane was at an altitude of 32,500 feet. The jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport. The plane landed safely. The woman was rushed off the plane to hospital as soon as it landed.
The plane after emergency landing
A Southwest spokesman said: ‘Safety is always our top priority at Southwest Airlines, and we are working diligently to support our customers and crews at this time.’ Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board said one of the engine’s fan blades broke off from the hub during the flight. Southwest has about 700 planes, all of them 737s, including more than 500 737-700s like the one involved in Tuesday’s emergency landing. It is the world’s largest operator of the 737 which has a good safety record.
One passenger was killed and another was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Seven people were treated for minor injuries at the scene, Philadelphia Fire Department spokeswoman Kathy Matheson said. The death of 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan on Flight 1380 was the first in a U.S. commercial aviation accident since 2009, according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) statistics. Riordan was a Wells Fargo banking executive and well-known community volunteer from Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to a Wells Fargo official. “It is very unusual so we are taking this event extremely seriously,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt told at an evening news conference at the Philadelphia airport