A southwest flight on the road from New York City to Dallas made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of its engines blew up, breaking a window, leaving one passenger dead and wounding seven others. One passenger was almost sucked out of the plane after the explosion caused a depressurization, the passenger's father told MSNBC. However, it is not clear if she was the passenger who finally died.
The chairman of the National Road Safety Board, Robert Sumwalt, told a news conference that the death of the passenger was the first death of a US airline in nine years. (Flight 214 of Asiana Airlines crashed in San Francisco in 2013, leaving three passengers dead).
NTSB president Sumwalt holds a press conference before boarding a flight to Philadelphia to investigate the Southwest engine incident. pic.twitter.com/s182tnpWSN- NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) April 17, 2018
The cab suddenly lost pressure at 30,000 feet as the wreckage punctured the window and the stewardesses cried, a passenger said in an interview with Bloomberg.
Some passengers at Southwest 1380 posted terrifying images on Twitter after the emergency landing. The images showed an extremely damaged engine, as well as a broken window of the cabin with exposed insulation.