On Tuesday, Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 from NY to Dallas suffered a catastrophic engine failure that killed a passenger, injured at least seven more, and caused an emergency landing in Philadelphia.
In addition, the leading edge of the left wing was peppered with pieces of engine parts, which most likely created some type of abnormal flying characteristics.
The blast hurled debris into the side of the plane. Air rushed out the shattered window. A woman sitting next to the window, Jennifer Riordan, was almost sucked out when it was shattered. Flight attendants were "brave, composed and helpful" throughout the ordeal, Madison said.
No one can deny the tragic consequences for one particular passenger on board Southwest Flight 1380.
Tammie Jo quickly and calmly brought the plane - with 143 passengers and five crew on board - into land at Philadelphia International at 11am at a descent of 3,000ft per minute.
Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 appeared destined for an unremarkable trip to Dallas as it lumbered down the runway Tuesday morning at New York's LaGuardia Airport. The priority with an explosive pressurization event is for the crew to don their oxygen masks and then rapidly bring the airplane down to an initial habitable breathing altitude of 10,000 feet, using flight control devices on top of the wings called speed brakes, which are created to reduce lift.
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But Shults, 56, was in control.
She continued: 'We've got injured passengers'. After a brief period of on-air silence, she adds, "They said there's a hole and. and, uh, someone went out". The left engine looked like it had been ripped apart. Passenger, Diana McBride Self said on Facebook that Shults is a "true American Hero". "A huge thank you for her knowledge, guidance, and bravery". "She has nerves of steel", Mr. Tumlinson advised The Associated Press.
"She has grown from being a Naval aviator, which is also in my past, where that training began", Anderson said.
NTSB investigators examine the Southwest plane.
Shults joined the Navy after finishing college. At her season in MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan., she attended the Air drive occasion and seen that a female in a piloting class, she told a alumni book.
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Shults is a Christian and said that being a pilot gives her "the opportunity to witness for Christ on nearly every flight". This is what she credits as starting her love of aviation.
Meanwhile, the plane's captain, a former Navy fighter pilot, remained extremely calm, quickly dropping the plane to an altitude where passengers could breath without masks and asking for a new heading to the nearest airport.
She flew the supersonic fighter jet, the F/A -18 Hornet along with bomber.
At the time, Shults was assigned to Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34, an electronic aggressor squadron, "All Hands" reported. She later became an instructor. She attained the rank of Navy lieutenant commander before she retired from service in 1993.
BOERNE, Texas - The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in a harrowing emergency landing after a passenger was partially blown out of the jet's damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in a career where she has been one of the few women at the controls. She and her husband both now fly for Southwest Airlines.
Shults, 56, was featured in Maloney's book "Military Fly Moms" along with the stories and photos of 69 other women USA military veterans, and even sang at Maloney's wedding. "My brother says she's the best pilot he knows".
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