On Tuesday Southwest Airline passengers faced any flier’s number one fear after a flight Tuesday suffered a terrifying malfunction. The Southwest Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia’s airport following a horrific engine failure that left passengers terrified and fearing for their lives.
Part of the engine belonging to the Boeing 737 ripped off and reportedly damaged one of the windows. One injured passenger was removed from the flight but it’s unclear whether that person is the person that Robert Zumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, announced passed away. The name of the deceased passenger has not yet been released.
Below is a video from CNN’s coverage of the emergency landing:
Later Adam Thiel, the Philadelphia Fire Department Commission, said that one passenger was in critical condition and had been taken to the hospital. Seven Southwest Airline passengers were treated for injuries at the scene but were not taken to the hospital.
The five crew members and 143 passengers aboard the plane were traveling from Dallas to New York.
TERRIFYING: Video from inside a Southwest Airlines plane shows passengers securing oxygen masks after an engine reportedly exploded. Several injuries have been reported. MORE: https://t.co/s2TtP2uUIp
(Video courtesy of Marty Martinez) pic.twitter.com/pyb2bFWiVC
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) April 17, 2018
CBS News reported that the FAA said the plane made an emergency landing after members of the crew reported damage to an engine, the fuselage, and one window.
EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT: Check out this photo from Joe Marcus via twitter–a passenger on the Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 that just made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. pic.twitter.com/fLk42M1kew
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) April 17, 2018
Marty Martinez, a passenger aboard the Southwest Airlines, spoke to CBS News and said:
‘First there was an explosion and almost immediately, the oxygen marks came down and, probably in a matter of 10 seconds, the engine then hit a window and busted it wide open.’
According to Martinez, when the plane was going down it felt as though they were free falling from the sky.
‘We were probably going down for 10 or 15 minutes. And, of course, everyone is freaking out, everyone is crying. It was the scariest experience.’
Flight attendants told the passengers to then brace for landing.
‘I thought it was going to be one of our last few moments on earth.’
Below is some of Martinez’ footage from inside the plane, which was posted with the caption “Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down!”
A female passenger was partially sucked out of the plane when the window was damaged
Martinez posted photos from the flight on his Facebook page.
Southwest Airlines released a brief statement:
‘Safety Is Always Our Top Priority at Southwest Airlines, and we are working diligently to support our customers and crews at this time.’
Featured image via screen capture