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Tragic New Details On Southwest Airlines Passenger Jennifer Riordan Cause Of Death

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Beyond tragic.

On Tuesday morning, pilot Tammie Jo Shults miraculously saved 148 lives by successfully completing an emergency landing at the Philadelphia International Airport. However, Southwest Airlines flight 1380 sadly suffered one casualty. Who died on Southwest flight? 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan.

And Southwest passenger Jennifrer Riordan's cause of death? The mother of two from New Mexico died from blunt trauma impact on her head, neck, and torso. When the engine of the plane exploded in mid-air a piece flew back into the window Riordan was sitting by and she was sucked out. Thankfully, other passengers were able to pull her in but she went into cardiac arrest and was unresponsive. 

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An anonymous passenger told People, “I saw some passengers unbuckling and everyone crowding over this one aisle and the flight attendants run over and we see people lunging over people — it was just madness. A passenger later told me he pulled the woman who had gone out the window in and the top part of her body was out of the window.”

Several people were trying to revive the woman, but unfortunately, attempts were not successful. The anonymous passenger continued, “They were fighting to get her back in. It was a struggle, it looked like it took a few people..."

"...There was quite a bit of blood. I saw a large group of people around her aisle and I saw all this foam and it looked like it was from a fire extinguisher, but it was fire suppression foam from the engine. I saw a passenger pumping on her chest performing CPR and someone ran up to the front of the plane where they got a defibrillator.”

One of the passengers that attempted to revive the unconscious mother of two was retired nurse Peggy Phillips. She told ABC News, “If you can possibly imagine going through the window of an airplane at about 600 miles an hour and hitting either the fuselage or the wing with your body, with your face. I can probably tell you there was significant trauma to the body.”

Phillips tried to resuscitate Riordan for twenty minutes before the plane landed in Philadelphia.

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Jennifer Riordan was Vice President of Community Relations for Wells Fargo for almost 10 years according to her Linkedin profile. The mayor of Albuquerque took to Twitter to express his condolences. “Today, Albuquerque lost a thoughtful leader who has long been part of the fabric of our community. We are asking that everyone respect the privacy of the family at this time..."

"...This is a tremendous and tragic loss for Jennifer’s family and many others throughout our city. Her leadership and philanthropic efforts made this a better place every day and she will be terribly missed. We are holding Jennifer and her family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Riordan's family also released a statement saying, “Jennifer Riordan has passed away as a result of previously reported events on Southwest Airlines flight 1380. Jennifer’s vibrancy, passion and love infused our community and reached across our country. Her impact on everything and everyone she touched can never be fully measured. But foremost, she is the bedrock of our family. She and Mike wrote a love story unlike any other. Her beauty and love is evident through her children.” 

Pilot Tammie Jo Shults and the rest of the Southwest crew along with Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, all expressed their condolences. “On behalf of the Southwest family, I want to extend my deepest sympathies for the family and the loved ones of our deceased customer,” Kelly said. “They are our immediate and primary concern and we will do all that we can to support them during this difficult time.”

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Molly Given is a writer living in Philadelphia and lover of all things to do with mystery and magic in life. When she’s not writing her fingers off she can be found planning her next adventure in a new part of the world. 

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