Trump honors crew of ill-fated Southwest Airlines Flight 1380

Trump honors crew of ill-fated Southwest Airlines Flight 1380

Trump, in a meeting in the Oval Office, praised the response of pilot Tammie Jo Shults, who steered the plane to safety on April 17 after an engine explosion blew out a window, killing passenger Jennifer Riordan.

The heroic crew on board the Southwest Airlines flight that had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia last month was honored at the White House.

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.

Jennifer Riordan, a bank executive from New Mexico, died from her injuries. "We're very, very proud of them". One of the passengers has also sued Southwest, saying she has suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.

The passenger, Lilia Chavez, says in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Philadelphia that she sat three seats behind the shattered window and witnessed "the horror" of what happened to Riordan. Shrapnel damaged the fuselage and broke the window.

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However, the pilot, Tammie Jo Schults, successfully landed the plane without further loss of life.

The ex-Navy fighter pilot's flying skills and calm demeanor are credited with bringing the 737 to the ground safely after the plane's left engine exploded.

Trump, seated in the Oval Office, was surrounded by the crew members and passengers.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman Robert Sumwalt said it was the first passenger fatality in a USA airline accident since 2009. Investigators believe cracks caused a fan blade on Flight 1380 to break off and trigger the deadly engine breakup, though a final determination on the cause of the accident is likely a year or more away.

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