President Trump to meet with heroic crew of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380

President Trump to meet with heroic crew of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380

President Trump meets with crew and passengers of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, including pilot Tammie Jo Shults, third from left, in the Oval Office on Tuesday.

The Southwest flight had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after an engine exploded, damaging the fuselage and killing a passenger who was partially sucked out of a window.

Flight 1380 was en route from NY to Dallas when its left engine suddenly blew apart, sending shrapnel through a window and killing a 43-year-old New Mexico woman. The president recounted how passengers Tim McGinty and Andrew Needum helped pull Riordan back into the cabin, and he lauded nurse Peggy Phillips, who administered CPR on Riordan until the plane landed.

A woman, Jennifer Riordan, died after being nearly sucked out of the plane when a window was fractured by debris from an exploding engine. "We send our prayers to Jennifer's husband and their two attractive young children", Trump said, adding, "She must've been a fantastic woman".

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Captain Shults has been widely regarded as a hero for her calm handling of the emergency landing. "I especially want to commend you for your life-saving actions".

"These Americans responded with tremendous bravery", Trump said. You drew from years of training and safety and you knew how to land that plane.

"Our hearts break for the family of the passenger who tragically lost their life", the president said in the Oval Office, surrounded by the two pilots, three flight attendants and five passengers who assisted frightened passengers.

"Tammie really did an incredible job", he said. Riordan, a Wells Fargo executive who lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, had been in New York City on a business trip.

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