Southwest Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Philadelphia

Angelo Anderson
April 18, 2018

A Southwest Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Philadelphia's airport with what appears to be a damaged engine on Tuesday.

"Several medical personnel on the flight tended to the injured passenger".

Numerous firefighting vehicles were seen surrounding the jet on the tarmac.

The passenger death marks the first fatality on a USA airline in nine years, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman Robert Sumwalt said at a news conference Tuesday.

The NTSB has preliminarily determined the cause of the incident as "engine failure", NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said.

Marty Martinez, a passenger on the plane, posted a Facebook Live video during the emergency landing.

"I didn't know if we were going to be running into a building".

She tweeted: "I'm a loyal Southwest customer but I can not believe @ just tried to land in New Orleans during severe weather that meteorologists have been tracking for days".

One of the engines of a Southwest airplane appears to have severe damage as it sits on a runway in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia International Airport said the plane landed safely. It did not immediately provide an explanation for the diversion.


The woman survived the horror with critical head injuries and was rushed to hospital after the plane made an emergency landing.

The crew reported damage to one of the aircraft's engines as well as the fuselage and a window, the FAA said in a statement.

Passenger Amanda Bourman told the Associated Press she was sitting in the back of the plane when she was awakened by a loud bang.

"Everybody was crying and upset", she said.

Bourman said she saw emergency workers using a defibrillator to help a woman who was then taken off the plane.

Her husband, Timothy, told philly.com the plane quickly dropped after the noise, and some passengers started yelling in panic.

The unidentified pilot of the plane informed ground control that she had a "part of the aircraft missing" and that the crew "said there is a hole and someone went out". "We just got the mask on, and as soon as we landed we were thankful". "Thankful to God, thankful to that pilot".

"It's our understanding that the passengers on board the aircraft, in addition to the flight crew and the cabin crew, did some pretty wonderful things under very hard circumstances", Thiel said.

In an interview with NBC Philadelphia, Todd Baur gave his daughter-in-law's eyewitness account of what happened on the plane.

The news comes after Airline flight 3461 was forced to make an emergency re-fuel landing in Panama City, Florida following a severe weather scare on Saturday. The Boeing 737 is the best-selling jetliner in the world and has a good safety record.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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