Passengers tell of effort to save woman after Southwest engine explosion

Lauren Bale was a passenger on the plane. Source WWL-TV

Lauren Bale was a passenger on the plane. Source WWL-TV

Shults's heroic emergency landing along with other details and stories about passengers - including Jennifer Riordan, 43, a banking executive and mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who was killed - came to light Wednesday as federal investigators and airline officials dealt with the aftermath of the first fatal accident involving a USA airliner in eight years. "But, I really chose to focus on Jennifer and her spirit and the incredible difference she made in the lives of everybody fortunate enough to know her". We landed while we were still doing CPR, and, you know, it's.

Some passengers were able to stay more calm than others.

Mrs Shults calmly relayed details about the crisis to air traffic controllers, and passengers commended her handling of the situation. "They said there's a hole and that someone went out".

He grabbed her with his right arm and tried to pull her back into the window, but the force from outside the plane was too strong.

The country is still reeling from Tuesday's engine failure and tragedy on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 from NYC to Dallas that claimed the life of Jennifer Riordan, a bank executive from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"As passengers, we weren't sure if they were trying to cover up the hole, but the plane smelled like smoke".

"They're in the simulator and practice emergency descents.and losing an engine".

Shults then became one of the first female fighter pilots in the US military, according to the alumni group at her alma mater. Cindy Foster, who went to college with her, told the Kansas City Star that Shults was also among the first women to fly an F/A-18 Hornet for the Navy.

"That is Tammie Jo", Virginia Shults told the paper. A woman sat to his left and another woman sat next to her. The Navy says that during her service, Shults completed tours at Naval Air Station Lemoore and also served with Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34 at Naval Air Station Point Mugu in Ventura County.

Earlier on Wednesday, the agency said it is looking for photos and videos of the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737. "And she was very good". "The last thing she told me was, 'I'm proud of you, '" Muffoletto said. "Students were inspired by her tenacity, her motivation, her determination". She then spent about a year in reserves before leaving the military in 1994, reaching the rank of lieutenant commander.

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Female pilots are a minority in their field: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 6.2 percent of commercial pilots in the USA are female.

Jennifer Riordan pictured with her husband Michael.

So-called D checks are done roughly every six years for older planes, less frequently for newer ones.

"Outside the aircraft, it's not a friendly place", said Richard Anderson, the director of the Eagle Flight Research Center at Embry-Riddle. "I personally hugged the pilot". "I'm going to send her a Christmas card, I'm going to tell you that, with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground". The plane rolled onto a grassy area, and passengers waited while an EMS team rushed Riordan off the plane.

Earlier: A woman has died after a United States passenger plane blew an engine at 32,000ft and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window.

Witnesses said the cabin de-pressurized, and she was sucked out of a broken window before they pulled her back in.

The mothers wrote Riordan's initials on the bows in her honor.

"On behalf of the Southwest family, I want to extend my deepest sympathies for the family and the loved ones of our deceased customer. Anyway, the crew and the pilot, they got it landed somehow".

The plane descended precipitously, passenger Kristopher Johnson said, but the pilot regained control and informed passengers the flight was headed to Philadelphia.

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