A woman was partially sucked out of a Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines flight after a piece of the jet’s engine flew into and broke a window, according to the father of a passenger, who told NBC10 of the incident.
“One passenger, a woman, was partially … was drawn out towards the out of the plane … was pulled back in by other passengers,” he said in a phone interview with NBC10. The woman is said to have been rushed to a Philadelphia hospital.
— Kevin Rincon (@KevRincon) April 17, 2018
Flight 1380 made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport at around 11:00 a.m. Tuesday after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. A large amount of fluid, possibly jet fuel, could be seen under and trailing behind the left side of the plane.
Firefighters could be seen outside a Southwest Airlines plane on the airport tarmac. Some passengers were led off with crutches by firefighters.
Passengers shared photos of an engine with major damage. The engine inlet appears to be shredded with metal bent outward.
One terrified passenger posted a live video to his Facebook page during the ordeal. The grainy footage shows a man attempting to secure his yellow oxygen mask while updating loved ones following his feed. –NBC
“Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing!! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas!!” Facebook user Marty Martinez wrote. He then added, “We are bracing for landing!!”
Philadelphia International Airport issued a statement over Twitter that passengers are being brought into the terminal.
.@SouthwestAir flight #1380 update: Flight from LGA to Dallas Love Field landed safely at PHL and passengers are being brought into the terminal. Flights are departing and arriving but passengers should expect delays. Check flight status with your airline.
— PHLAirport (@PHLAirport) April 17, 2018