Watch Full Video Of Southwest Airlines Emergency Landing, Plus Southwest Pilot Audiotape

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A Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing yesterday. One passenger streamed the incident

Passengers on Southwest flight 1380 from New York to Dallas yesterday shared a terrifying experience when the plane suffered engine failure shortly after takeoff. Watch the full tape of the Southwest emergency landing video below as recorded by passenger Marty Martinez on his iPhone. The plane, as you can see, is eerily quiet. 

According to passengers on the plane, there was an explosion and the oxygen masks deployed. Immediately after, there was a second explosion and a window on the aircraft shattered.


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It turns out that a blade from the engine came loose and dislodged from the engine casing. It flew off and hit the window, causing it to shatter. The pilot, Tammie Jo Shults, a former fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy, was immediately aware of the problem, and quickly took the plane to a lower altitude, dropping from 31,000 feet to 10,000. The pilot contacted air traffic control and quickly made plans for an emergency landing at Philadelphia  International Airport.

Listen to a recording of the Southwest airlines pilot audio. In it, you hear pilot Tammie Jo Shults talking to air traffic controllers here, telling them the engine has broken off of the Southwest plane. She's shockingly calm.

A woman was partially drawn out the resulting hole and was pulled back in by quick-thinking passengers who labored to save her life. After she was returned to the cabin, a nurse who happened to be on board attempted CPR. Tragically, the passenger was pronounced dead at the hospital. She was identified later as Jennifer Riordan, 43, who worked for Wells Fargo in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


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Passenger Marty Martinez described the efforts passengers took save the woman to CNN, saying, “ [The] passengers right next to her were holding onto her. And meanwhile, there was blood all over this man's hands. He was tending to her.”

Martinez had frantically gotten himself online when the chaos began in an effort to contact his family for what he feared might be the last time. He streamed video of himself as it was happening on Facebook live. 

The pilot brought the plane to Philadelphia and was able to land it there. Crews were onsite to help the passengers as they deplaned. Images od the plane on the tarmac clearly show the missing window.

Seven other passengers sustained injuries in the incident and they are being treated.

Federal investigators are working with Southwest to assess the situation and figure out what went wrong. This is the first airline fatality in the US since 2009.


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Rebekah Kuschmider is a DC area writer with a background in non-profit management and advocacy Her work has been seen at Ravishly, Babble, Scary Mommy, The Mid, Redbook online, and The Broad Side. She is the creator of the blog Stay at Home Pundit and is a contributor the book Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox . She is a cohost of the weekly political podcast The More Perfect Union.

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