Trump 'very proud' of crew of troubled Southwest flight

Javier Stokes
May 2, 2018

"We're very, very proud of them and God bless you all".

The plane, a Boeing 737 bound from NY to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia as passengers breathing through oxygen masks that dropped from the ceiling prayed and braced for impact. Riordan was the one passenger who died during the incident after being sucked out of a broken window, asserting that he would be praying for her husband and children. "She must have been a fantastic woman".

"The courage it took for her to control that situation and really save everyone on board is really just unbelievable", one passenger said.

Another passenger is suing Dallas-based Southwest Airlines and engine maker CFM International for negligence, saying she is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder since the emergency.

Trump also thanked Tim McGinty, Andrew Needum and Peggy Phillips - passengers aboard the flight who worked to help passenger Jennifer Riordan, who was killed after shrapnel from the engine broke through her window on the plane.

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National Transportation Safety Board investigators on scene examining damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane.

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However, the pilot, Tammie Jo Schults, successfully landed the plane without further loss of life.

"Everybody's talking about it".

The passengers who tried to rescue her and offer immediate medical attention will also be at the White House to receive the president's personal recognition. Shults, a former fighter pilot with the Navy, was praised for how she handled the hard situation April 17th, managing to safely land the plane.

"The actions of the crew and passengers of Southwest Flight 1380 shows the great character of our nation", Trump said.

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