Southwest passenger is first to die on a US airline since 2009

Posted at 6:08 PM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 21:38:28-04

(KGTV) One person is dead after being partially sucked out of the window of an airplane.

Southwest Flight 1380 was forced to make an emergency landing after engine failure following takeoff from New York. The plane was headed for Dallas.

Witnesses say the engine exploded, shattering one of the windows and a female passenger was nearly sucked out of the plane at 32,000 feet.

The captain was able to safely land the plane in Philadelphia where 148 people were able to walk off the plane, but the injured female passenger was transported to a local hospital and died later, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Jennifer Riordan, a Wells Fargo bank executive from New Mexico, is the only fatality from the incident.

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The NTSB says Riordan is the first U.S. airline death since 2009.

Southwest Airlines CEO says the company is fully cooperating with the NTSB in the investigation 

More than 38% of passengers fly Southwest Airlines out of Lindbergh Field, according to the San Diego Airport Authority.