Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Passenger Sues Southwest, Claims PTSD After Blast on Flight

Passenger Sues Southwest, Claims PTSD After Blast on Flight

"Our hearts break for the family of the passenger who tragically lost her life, Jennifer Riordan". The Dallas-bound flight had departed from LaGuardia Airport when Shults and first officer Darren Ellisor were forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia following the explosion.

"The courage it took for her to control that situation and really save everyone on board is really just unbelievable", one passenger said.

Jennifer Riordan was killed on a Southwest Airlines flight after shrapnel from an exploding engine smashed a window at 30,000 feet while flying from LaGuardia Airport in NY and had an emergency landing in Philadelphia on April 17. She died later from her injuries. Shrapnel spewed across the fuselage and broke a window.

In the week following the investigation, Southwest Airlines canceled flights to perform engine inspection.

The pilot who successfully landed a Southwest plane after it suffered catastrophic engine trouble, has been given a hero's welcome at the White House. "They'll be talking about it for a long time", he told Shults, who was one of the first female Navy fighter pilots and flew training missions as an enemy pilot during Operation Desert Storm. Several passengers also are expected to attend the meeting at the Oval Office.

President Trump meets with crew and passengers of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, including pilot Tammie Jo Shults, third from left, in the Oval Office on Tuesday.

Federal regulators are expanding an emergency order for airlines to inspect fan blades in Boeing 737 engines for microscopic cracks that indicate metal weakness.

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