The “friendly skies” were exceptionally frightening today over New York after a traveler on a packed Southwest Airlines flight was reportedly partially “sucked” from the aircraft. The plane made an emergency landing which couldn’t happen fast enough and wasn’t for the woman being almost sucked out. There was something even worse happening on that flight.
In-flight horrors like this do not happen every day, in fact, they are very rare, especially with domestic travel. But this particular situation has got to be a first.
NBC News in Philadelphia reports:
A Southwest Airlines flight landed safely in Philadelphia Tuesday after the jet violently depressurized when a piece of an engine flew into and broke a window, a passenger’s father tells NBC10.
The father, Todd Baur, said that a female passenger was partially sucked out of the plane when the window imploded.
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.
"All of a sudden, we hear an explosion and come to find out that the engine exploded on the left side of the plane," claims Marty Martinez, the Southwest passenger that live-streamed flight making an emergency landing https://t.co/lVelLDaE97 pic.twitter.com/8lJAuc0Qdr
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 17, 2018
The article explains more horrific details:
The Dallas-bound Boeing 737-700 made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. There were 149 people onboard.
“There is a hole in the side of the aircraft, also,” the aircraft controller relayed to firefighters at the airport.
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.
“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!!”
The pictures and footage from the scene look like something straight out of a horror film. Southwest is one of the most used airlines for their affordability and coverage across America. However, they have often been criticized for their old aircrafts in need of repairs.
Flight 1380 From NYC to Dallas crash landed in Philly. Engine exploded in the air and blew open window 3 seats away from…
It was just two months ago, in February, that another Southwest flight was forced to make an emergency landing after engine experiences “performance issues.”
Fox News reported:
A Southwest Airlines flight heading from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing after one of its engines caught fire moments after takeoff on Monday morning.
Southwest Airlines Flight 604 departed from Salt Lake City International Airport at 6:40 a.m., but soon began experiencing what Southwest has called a “performance issue” with an engine.
“The pilots of flight 604 operating today from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) elected to return to SLC after receiving a cockpit indication of a performance issue with one of the aircraft engines,” said Southwest in a statement.
“Following established protocol and procedures, the pilots completed an uneventful landing.”
This is definitely not good for Southwest and fliers who want to feel safe in the skies. It may cost a little more to take another airline, but perhaps it’s worth it for peace of mind. Two terrifying incidents in two months are not great odds.