The woman died, officials said. A woman sitting next to the window was partially blown out of it.
Several passengers had to pull her back into the plane when she was sucked out of the shattered window.
A nurse answered a call for help and tried to do CPR.
The Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 incident appears to have involved an uncontained failure of the left engine that caused debris to strike the aircraft structure. Blades that fail inspection would need to be replaced.
Investigators found the blade that detached showed signs of "metal fatigue" - microscopic cracks that can splinter open under the kind of stress placed on jetliners and their engines.
Firefighter Andrew Needum, one of the heroes of ill-fated Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, brushed off accolades for his efforts Thursday, saying he is "no different than any other firefighter". "Our hearts are heavy", the two pilots said in the statement. "They are our immediate and primary concern and we Weill do all that we can to support them during this hard time".
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The pilots of the twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from NY to Dallas with 149 people aboard made an abrupt turn toward Philadelphia and began a rapid descent after the engine blew.
"They said there's a hole and someone went out".
"Although the bag does not inflate, oxygen is flowing to the mask", passengers are told, according to The Washington Post.
"I know people would want answers right away". But I am. I am. "That lady, I applaud her".
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"PEOPLE: Listen to your flight attendants!" Air traffic control primary radar detected additional debris falling through the atmosphere, and additional pieces of engine cowling later were recovered. And meanwhile, there was blood all over this man's hands.
Passengers praised one of the pilots, Tammie Jo Shults, for her cool-headed handling of the emergency.
Other passengers began trying to plug the hole with jackets and other objects but to no avail.
She got a round of applause from the passengers after putting the plane down safely.
"There was a family that lost a loved one", Needum said. "That was just chaos all around". At the beginning of each flight, the cabin crew will remind passengers what to do if there is decompression in the plane's cabin.
Kelly told reporters Tuesday evening the engine was inspected April 15, but he had no details on what parts were examined. The metal fatigue would not have been observable by looking at the engine from the outside, Sumwalt said. Southwest said it expected to wrap up its inspection of the engines it was targeting in 30 days.
It was a rough landing, Martinez said, and things were still so chaotic that he wasn't sure if the plane was going to crash. He also noted "a fair amount of vibration" and said the airliner landed in Philadelphia at an above-average speed of 190 miles per hour. "It was just all incredibly traumatic, and finally when we. came to a halt, of course, the entire crowd was (in) tears and people crying and we were just thankful to be alive". 7 other passengers sustained minor injuries. They recovered the airplane's cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder.
Investigators are now conducting an investigation into what caused the engine to erupt mid-flight. Engine manufacturer CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric Co.
Southwest said in its submission on the federal website it would have to inspect some 732 engines in one of two categories of engines under review - much higher than the FAA's total estimate of 220 engines needing to be inspected across the whole USA fleet.
"There are various iterations of that (engine) and so I can't say exactly what that air worthiness directive might have applied to at this point, but that will be part of our investigation", he said.