Southwest flight 1380, which was en route from New York to Dallas, was diverted to Philadelphia when the aircraft’s left-side engine exploded — causing shrapnel to rip into the passenger cargo area and kill a woman who was seated nearby. Click through terrifying photos and video of the incident captured by passenger Marty Martinez to see the horror these passengers faced.
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In this video posted to Facebook Live, Martinez can be seen scrambling to get his air mask on while screams can be heard in the background.
“Engine exploded in the air and blew open window 3 seats away from me. Explosion fatally (critically, not sure her status) injured woman sitting in the seat next to the window,” Martinez wrote on Facebook. Later, an official confirmed the woman died in the explosion.
In this photo, the plane’s window is clearly blown out by the debris caused by the engine’s explosion.
Boeing Airplanes released a statement following the plane’s safe landing which read, “Boeing is aware of the event and is providing technical assistance to the investigation.”
“As per international protocol governing civil aviation investigations, questions about the investigation should be directed to the NTSB,” the statement concluded.
Passengers were horrified with the explosion when this video was shot.
Martinez and other passengers did not know at the time whether they were going to live or die.
Several passengers were praying for the plane’s safe landing, as can be seen in this shot.
The Federal Aviation Administration just lifted the ground stop at the Philadelphia airport, which it put into place earlier this morning following the emergency landing.
In this photo, the shredded engine and the window can be clearly seen. The official statement issued by the FAA read: “Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 landed at Philadelphia International Airport this morning after the crew reported damage to one of the aircraft’s engines, as well as the fuselage and at least one window.”
FAA’s statement continued: “The aircraft, which departed from New York LaGuardia Airport, diverted to Philadelphia, where it landed at 11:20 a.m. Eastern. Passengers exited the aircraft using air stairs.” We pay for juicy info! Do you have a story for RadarOnline.com? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (866) ON-RADAR (667-2327) any time, day or night.