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US. Panic on Southwest Airlines plane

Engine explosion causes decompression. 1 casualty -VIDEO

A Southwest Airlines B-737/7H4 (WL) (registration: N772SW) headed to Dallas was forced to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia Airport in Pennsylvania. The aircraft suffered an in-flight uncontained engine failure at about 11:04 yesterday (local time), shortly after the departure from "Fiorello La Guardia" Airport in New York at 10:43.

Some debris damaged a wing while other fragments of the engine (number 1, Cfm56-7B24) hit a window and broke it. Following the loud cabin decompression a passenger of the WN1380 flight was about to be sucked out of the cockpit when three travelers managed to grab her. A heart attack killed Jennifer Riordan later. The 43-year-old Welss Fargo manager was coming back to Albuquerque, in New Mexico, where she lived with her husband and her two children.

While the panic was running rampant on board, the pilots communicated with the control tower and opted for an emergency descent, ended with the landing at 11:19. At the time of the accident the aircraft was about 30,000 feet (9.1 km) above sea level and carried 143 passengers and 5 crewmembers.

"Safety is always a priority for us, we are working diligently to provide support to customers and crew, and we will share information when it is confirmed", the American airline reported in a tweet. NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), the United States independent detective agency that investigates accidents in the transport sector, has sent its experts to the site to analyze all the data concerning the incident that has caused one casualty and some injured.

Below, the video of the passenger Marty Martinez

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