A Southwest flight en route from New York City to Dallas made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of its engines exploded, destroying a window, leaving one passenger dead and wounding seven others. One passenger was almost sucked out of the plane after the explosion caused a depressurization, said the passenger's father to MSNBC . However, it is not clear if she was the passenger who finally died.
The chairman of the National Road Safety Board, Robert Sumwalt, told a news conference that the death of the passenger was the first death of a US airline in nine years. (Flight 214 of Asiana Airlines crashed in San Francisco in 2013, leaving three passengers dead)
The president of the NTSB, Sumwalt, holds a press conference before boarding a flight to Philadelphia to investigate the engine's incident. Southwest pic.twitter.com/s182tnpWSN
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The cab suddenly lost pressure at 30,000 feet when engine debris punctured the window and the flight attendants were crying, one passenger said in an interview with [Bloomberg .
Some passengers at Southwest 1380 posted terrifying images on Twitter after the emergency landing. The images showed an extremely damaged engine, as well as a broken window of the cabin with exposed insulation.