One person was killed and seven others
were injured Tuesday after a Southwest
Airlines plane engine apparently exploded
midair, officials said.
Flight 1380, which was headed from
LaGuardia Airport in New York City to
Dallas' Love Field, made an emergency
landing at Philadelphia International
Airport just before 11:30 a.m. The jet had
144 passengers and five crew members aboard.
A Southwest Airlines plane sits on the
runway at the Philadelphia International
Airport after it made an emergency landing
in Philadelphia, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
(David Maialetti /The Philadelphia Inquirer
National Transportation Safety Board
(NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt confirmed the
death at a news conference Tuesday. It was
the first passenger fatality on a U.S.
airline since 2009, according to the NTSB.
Seven others were treated for minor
injuries, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner
Adam Thiel said, adding that one of the
engines experienced a fuel leak when
firefighters arrived on scene, and a small
fire was quickly brought under control.
The plane made an emergency landing after
the crew reported damage to one of the
engines, the fuselage and at least one
window, the Federal Aviation Administration
The engine on a Southwest Airlines plane is
inspected as it sits on the runway at the
Philadelphia International Airport after it
made an emergency landing in Philadelphia,
Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Amanda Bourman via
A female passenger, according to WCAU,
was "partially sucked out" of the Boeing
373's window when the engine exploded and
shrapnel from the engine smashed a window.
“One passenger, a woman, was
partially…was drawn out towards the outside
of the plane…was pulled back in by other
passengers," Todd Bauer, the father-in-law
of one of the passengers, told the news
It was not immediately clear if the
passenger who was killed was the woman who
was reportedly "sucked out" of the window.
The pilot, who was not immediately
identified, asked an air traffic control
operator via radio for emergency services to
be on the scene for the injured passengers
when the aircraft landed. When the pilot was
asked if the plane was on fire they replied,
"No, it's not on fire but part of it's
missing. They said there is a hole and
someone went out."
A Southwest Airlines spokesperson said
the Boeing 737-700 diverted "because of an
operational event" but photos appeared to
show engine damage.
Passenger Marty Martinez captured the
moment when oxygen masks were deployed
on the flight. (Marty Martinez)
Marty Martinez, a passenger on the
flight, posted a video on his personal
Facebook page stating he was "recording his
last moments." Martinez told CBS News there
was "blood everywhere" on the aircraft.
"We were probably going down for 10 to 15
minutes," Martinez said. "And of course
everyone is freaking out, everyone is
crying. It was the scariest experience."
Southwest said in a statement it was
"aware" of the incident.
"We are in the process of gathering more
information," the statement said. "...Safety
is always our top priority at Southwest
Airlines, and we are working diligently to
support our customers and crews at this
The Federal Aviation Administration
released a statement saying it was
"investigating the incident and the National
Transportation Board has been notified."
Fire crews were at the scene to evacuate the
passengers on the plane. (FOX 29)
"Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 landed at
Philadelphia International Airport this
morning after the crew reported damage to
one of the aircraft's engines, as well as
fuselage and at least one window," the
The NTSB is sending a go-team to
Philadelphia to investigate the incident.
The Philadelphia International Airport
tweeted passengers "should expect delays"
following the incident.
"Flight from LGA [LaGuardia] to Dallas
Love Field landed safely at PHL
[Philadelphia] and passengers are being
brought into the terminal. Flights are
departing and arriving but passengers should
expect delays. Check flight status with your
airline," the airport tweeted.
Boeing Airplanes tweeted the company was
aware of the incident and was "gathering
more information" "to provide [with]
It was the first death stemming from an
in-flight accident on a U.S. airliner since
2009, when 49 people on board and one on the
ground were killed in the crash of a
Continental Express plane near Buffalo, New
Southwest has about 700 planes, all of
them 737s, including more than 500 737-700s
like the one involved in Tuesday's emergency
landing. It is the world's largest operator
of the 737, which is the best-selling
jetliner in the world and has a good safety