HOLY CRAP: The Roof Blew Off My Southwest Plane At 36,000 Feet!

Southwest plane

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A roof panel blew off a Southwest Airlines 737 yesterday on a flight from Phoenix to Sacramento.The cabin depressurized, and a few passengers passed out. But the plane made an emergency landing in Yuma, Arizona, and everyone survived.

Shawna MalviniRedden was on the flight.

Here is her story, told in her photos and tweets.

Before takeoff...

Um, that's SKY.

Quick, put it on...

Shawna, with mask.

The plane headed for Yuma, for an emergency landing. By the time they got below 10,000 feet, everything seemed OK.

Still, back in cell range, Shawna tweeted a few thoughts to her husband...

When we descend below 10,000 feet, I switch on my phone. Please God, give me a signal.
I am able to send several texts to my husband... 4:19 p.m. 'Emergency landing 35 min after take off. I love you.' 4:22 p.m. 'Landing in Yuma shortly.' 4:22 p.m. 'Everything should be fine but I want you to know how much you mean to me.' 4:31 p.m. 'Safe landing in Yuma.' How do you convey 'I might die in a few minutes and I love you so much my heart aches at the thought of never seeing you again' without freaking someone the hell out? I'll let you know if I figure it out.

And then it's back to Twitter to tell the story...

(Another look)

(Media requests start coming in)

Southwest flew in another plane and picked up the passengers. Then it was off to Sacramento again...

Where the media requests REALLY start pouring in...

A cameo on Good Morning America. Cool!

On the set.

And, finally, time to write a firsthand account in more than 140 character tweets. Read it at the link below...

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