Southwest pilot to air traffic control before emergency landing: 'There's a hole and someone went out'

  • On Tuesday Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 from New York to Dallas made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after one of its engines failed and caused an explosion that sent shrapnel into the cabin.
  • According to an audio recording obtained by NBC10, the flight’s pilot was told a passenger “went out” of the aircraft while it was in the air.
  • Earlier, a family member of a passenger told NBC10 that a woman was partially “drawn out” of the aircraft before she was “pulled back in by other passengers.”

On Tuesday Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 from New York to Dallas made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after one of its engines failed and caused an explosion that sent shrapnel into the cabin.

One passenger died as a result of the accident and seven people received minor injuries, the airline said. The Associated Press reported that the deceased passenger was 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan.

According to an audio recording obtained by NBC, the flight’s pilot was told a passenger “went out” of the aircraft while it was in the air.

The video contains audio from an exchange between the pilot and air traffic control in which the pilot describes the aircraft’s condition.

“We have a part of the aircraft missing. So we’re going to need to slow down a bit,” the pilot said.

Later in the exchange, the pilot says she was told there was a hole in the aircraft which “someone went out.”

“They said there is a hole and someone went out,” she said.

Earlier, a family member of a passenger told NBC 10 that a woman was partially “drawn out” of the aircraft before she was “pulled back in by other passengers.”

“I’m unable to confirm that at this time,” a Southwest representative told Business Insider.

NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt said the death was the first on a US passenger airline in over nine years.

Before Tuesday, the most recent fatal accident came in February 2009 near Buffalo, New York, when an aircraft operated by the now defunct regional airline Colgan Air crashed and killed 50 people, including 49 on board and one person on the ground.

The NTSB said on Twitter that it would send a team to investigate Tuesday’s crash.

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