April 22nd, 2018 | by Aamina Guidry

Last week (April 17, 2018), Southwest Airlines made an emergency landing on a flight that was traveling from New York to Dallas, after an engine exploded in midair, resulting in one passenger death.  


The explosion happened about twenty minutes into the flight causing chaos and frantic cries from passengers. One of the passengers, who has been identified as Jennifer Riordan,. was sitting on the left side of the plane when something in the engine broke and crashed into the window. One of the passengers who was sitting next to her stated Riordan was hanging out of the window for a few minutes while passengers tried to pull her back in.

Another passenger on the plane stated, “The top half of her torso was out the window. There was a lot of blood because she was hit by some of the shrapnel coming off the engine after it exploded.”


After the passengers struggled to pull her back into the aircraft she was unconscious and severely injured. Passengers and flight attendants tried to revive her using CPR and a defibrillator.


Riordan was a forty-three year old woman who worked for Wells Fargo in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was also a mother of two and a philanthropist who was dedicated to helping others in Albuquerque.


The plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Riordan was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her death was a result of blunt force trauma to the head, neck, and torso.


Many passengers claimed the flight was an ongoing twenty five minutes of believing that they were not going to make it. Five minutes before the landing, once there was cell phone reception, many passengers made frantic calls and sent text messages to notify loved ones of their ordeal.


Fortunately the plane made a successful smooth landing. Several other people were sent to the hospital on minor injuries.

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