PHILADELPHIA (AP) - UPDATE (4-18-18): CBS NEWS - A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday. Southwest Flight 1380 was flying at about 30,000 feet when the explosion took place. The incident killed one passenger and injured seven others, authorities said. The plane, a Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia just before noon as passengers breathing through oxygen masks that dropped from the ceiling prayed and braced for impact.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman Robert Sumwalt said one person was killed. It was the first passenger fatality in a U.S. airline accident since 2009, Sumwalt said.
CBS News has learned that the deceased has been identified as Jennifer Riordan, a married mother of two. She worked as a Wells Fargo employee from New Mexico.
A Southwest Airlines jet made an emergency landing at Philadelphia’s airport Tuesday with part of the covering from its left engine ripped off and a window damaged.
Passengers walked off the 737 plane onto the tarmac at the airport. It wasn’t immediately known if anyone on board was injured. Southwest Airlines said there were 143 passengers and five crewmembers on board.
Passenger Marty Martinez did a brief Facebook Live posting while wearing an oxygen mask. He posted, “Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing!! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas!!”
After the plane landed, he posted photos of a damaged window near the engine.
News helicopter footage showed damage to the left engine of the plane and the tarmac covered with firefighter foam, although there were no signs of flames or smoke.
The Philadelphia airport tweeted that Flight 1380 heading from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas “landed safely at PHL and passengers are being brought into the terminal.” No other details were given.
Tracking data from FlightAware.com shows the flight was heading west over New York’s southern tier when it abruptly turned toward Philadelphia.
Messages seeking comment from the Federal Aviation Administration weren’t immediately returned.
Firefighters were on the scene but a spokeswoman couldn’t immediately provide any details.
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