President Trump will meet with the crew of the Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency touchdown after a lethal mid-flight engine failure. Veuer’s Chandra Lanier has the story.
President Trump paid homage Tuesday to the Southwest Airlines crew and three passengers hailed as heroes after an engine blowout broken their airplane’s fuselage and killed a passenger who was partially sucked out a window.
Tammie Joe Shults, the captain of Flight 1380, First Officer Darren Ellisor and the three flight attendants had been Trump’s visitors on the Oval Office, the place he lauded their “bravery and compassion.”
“They said you were calm and strong and cool” through the harrowing flight, Trump stated. “So thank you very much.”
The Dallas-bound flight left New York’s LaGuardia Airport on the morning of April 17 with 144 passengers aboard. About 20 minutes into the flight — at 30,00zero toes — passengers heard a bang and felt a bump as a fan blade broke off within the engine, inflicting it to blow up. Shrapnel spewed throughout the fuselage and broke a window.
Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque was sucked midway out of the airplane, requiring two passengers to drag her again on board. She was the primary passenger loss of life on a U.S. airline since 2009 — and the primary ever in Southwest Airlines’ historical past.
Three passengers who tried in useless to avoid wasting Riordan’s life additionally attended the transient assembly. Trump described how firefighter Andrew Needum and fellow Texan Tim McGinty, an actual property agent, pulled Riordan again into the airplane. Retired nurse Peggy Phillips then helped administer CPR till the airplane’s emergency touchdown in Philadelphia.
“While there was nothing else they could do, these Americans responded with tremendous bravery,” Trump stated.
Several different passengers suffered accidents described by authorities as minor. Many passengers lauded the efforts of the crew within the days following the incident.
They had been “brave, composed and helpful” all through the ordeal, William Madison, 56, informed USA TODAY days after the flight. While the passengers waited for buses again to the terminal, Shults defined what occurred. She waved off accolades, saying it generally was simpler to be the pilot than a passenger.
“She was calm and she was collected,” Madison stated. “I thought, hot damn, that might be the coolest woman I have ever seen.”
That stated, the litigation has already begun. Lilia Chavez, a passenger from California, was seated three rows behind Riordan and claims she suffered bodily accidents in addition to “post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, emotional distress, depression.”
Southwest has declined to debate pending litigation.
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