Southwest Plane Engine Explodes

And Safely Landed

Bentson Richardson-, Contributor

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Southwest Airlines flight 1380 left LaGuardia Airport in New York on it’s way to Dallas Love Field, when the engine exploded early on. The plane suddenly was forced to make an emergency landing at the Philadelphia International Airport. There were 143 passengers on the flight and all but one survived. The Philadelphia Fire Department immediately showed up on the scene to help evacuate the passengers.

A passenger recounted the story of what happened to CNN, “We were leaving LaGuardia heading to Dallas. We were west of Philadelphia probably about 30,000 feet, and all of a sudden we just heard this loud bang, rattling and then it felt like one of the engines went out. The oxygen masks dropped and flight attendants did a good job. The pilot came on and said we’re diverting to Philadelphia and, you know, there was a serious medical injury. I don’t know much about that, but I was sitting in the front. With a couple passengers. We just got the mask on and as soon as we landed, we were thankful. The pilots did a great job, the crew did a great job. They got us down to Philly, and that’s when I took the photo of the engine, and it appeared that it just shredded the left side engine completely. So we were coming down — we dropped probably from 30,000 feet to 25,000 feet, and then the pilot kind of regained control and brought it down safely to Philadelphia. So we got off the plane and onto buses and we’re trying to head over to the tarmac in Philly.”

The current speculation is that one of the fan blades on the left engine broke off from metal fatigue. It proceeded to smash through the rest of the engine, destroying almost everything. The shrapnel from the explosion shredded the metal covering the engine (also known as the cowl) and punctured part of the cabin, rapidly sucking the air out so the oxygen masks were deployed so the passengers could breathe normally.

The pilots seemed to have performed a perfect job as, well as the flight attendants. They pulled the plane down to breathable altitude levels and landed the passengers safely.

The woman who passed away almost flew out the window but the rest of the passengers helped pull her in. She initially had severe head trauma and was sent to the hospital where she died.

Southwest is now sending a check of $5,000 to each of the passengers onboard flight 1380 to make up for the terror and major setback in the passengers’ trip to Dallas. They are also going to begin running more tests on the engines and do more engine checks before each flight to prevent an event like this from happening again.

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