A Southwest plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia Tuesday and reports said one woman was nearly sucked out of the plane window after it broke when an engine exploded.
National Transportation Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said one person has died. Fox News Channel reported that it was the woman who was partially sucked out of the window.
Shrapnel from the left engine explosion shattered a window on the plane, and one passenger’s father-in-law reported to NBC News that she told him a female passenger was nearly sucked out the window and was pulled back in by other passengers.
“Someone on the plane had a heart attack and it looks like an engine blew out then a window was blown open,” he posted. “We are still on the plane and they are trying to revive a woman on the plane.”
The woman was rushed to a hospital nearby, NBC News reported. It was not clear whether she was the same woman who was nearly sucked out of the plane.
The 143 passengers and five crew members deplaned after the emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport, the Post reported.
There was no immediate insight into what caused the engine explosion during the flight, which took off from La Guardia airport in New York.
Southwest released a brief statement about the incident and said it was gathering information about it, NBC News reported. “Safety is always our top priority at Southwest Airlines, and we are working diligently to support our customers and crews at this time,” the statement said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to Philadelphia to investigate, NBC News said.
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