Local Firefighter Talks About Horrifying Ordeal Aboard Distressed Southwest Airlines Flight

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Local Firefighter Talks About Horrifying Ordeal Aboard Distressed Southwest Airlines Flight

"As a parent, I've said to my kids, "Be kind, loving, caring and sharing, and all good things will come to you", she told the Albuquerque Journal when she accepted the award. Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico, described her as "an incredible woman who put her family and community first".

Needum and another passenger, Tim McGinty sprung into action to pull the woman back inside the plane.

Needum said he was in awe of how Tammie Jo Shults, the pilot, managed to safely secure the hobbled jet during the emergency landing. We lost one of our friends to cardiac arrest in the middle of it. Southwest indicated it will ramp up its inspections even though the one on the recently blown engine wasn't covered by the directive. Needum proceeded to administer CPR; her head injuries however, were fatal.

FBI investigators photographed the wide panel found in Bernville, near where the engine is believed to have failed, according to a Reading Eagle reporter.

As the plane ascended past 32,000 feet about 20 minutes into the flight from NY to Dallas, the left engine failed and parts of it flew off, shattering the window in Row 14. Interviews with officials from the National Transportation Safety Board.

State police spokesman Trooper David Beohm says anyone who believes they have found debris should call the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Allentown.

News 9 sat down with an OU Social Justice Professor who was two seats away from the woman who died on the tragic Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday.

She said Jennifer and Michael Riordan have two children, Avery, 12, and Josh, 10.

Other passengers grabbed her body as she was being sucked out and as Flight 1380 began dropping toward the ground.

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Riordan served as vice president of community relations at Wells Fargo in Albuquerque.

The terrifying episode unfolded about 20 minutes after the flight left New York's LaGuardia Airport. They said she was the team's biggest cheerleader.

She was returning from a business trip in NY when the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after its engine exploded in midair and shrapnel hit the plane breaking the window beside her.

The statement echoes Riordan's own advice from what she said in 2015 after she was presented the Bill Daniels Award for Ethical Young Leadership by the Samaritan Counseling Ethics in Business Awards.

That's when the firefighter from Celina, Texas, heard a commotion in the back of the plane.

"I just said, 'Jesus ... send your angels, ' " Bourman told "AC 360" Wednesday, recounting the terror after the flight's engine failed midair and its debris blew out a window.

In a late night news conference, NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt said one of the engine's fan blades was separated and missing. The blade was separated at the point where it would come into the hub and there was evidence of metal fatigue, Sumwalt said.

As a precaution, Southwest says it will inspect similar engines in its fleet over the next 30 days.

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