This Southwest Airlines Flight Is Every Traveler’s Worst Nightmare

Apr 17, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. ET
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A Southwest flight had to make an emergency landing April 17 after the left engine blew, shrapnel damaged the fuselage and broke open a window that depressurized the entire cabin.

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It’s already the stuff of nightmares, but it gets worse: A woman was almost sucked out of the plane as a result of the depressurized cabin and had to be pulled back in by fellow passengers.

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Five crew members and 143 passengers were on the flight from La Guardia Airport in New York to Love Field in Dallas. The engine blew shortly after takeoff, passengers told NBC. The plane was over 30,000 feet in the air at the time of the incident, and pilots descended the flight to 10,000 feet after dropping about 3,000 feet per minute.

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The plane made a safe emergency landing in Philadelphia, and the full scope of injuries as a result of the incident hasn't been released, although one fatality has been confirmed. Passenger Marty Martinez told CBS News that the woman who had nearly been sucked out was injured and that there was “blood everywhere.” Martinez posted a Facebook Live video of him looking into the camera while wearing an oxygen mask.

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Photos of the plane show the busted window and blackened engine under the left wing of the plane.

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Another apparent passenger, Joe Marcus, posted this photo of the engine.

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Southwest posted an update on Twitter saying that “safety is always our top priority” and that they are “working diligently to support our Customers and Crews at this time.”

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