1 dead after Southwest jet engine explodes


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – One person died after a Southwest Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Philadelphia’s airport with a damaged engine on Tuesday. 

Passengers walked off the plane on the tarmac at the airport.  

News helicopter footage showed damage to the left engine of the plane and the tarmac covered on foam from fire crews.  Officials announced just after 3:15 p.m. that a person had died.

Passengers on board posted on social media that the plane was en route from New York City to Dallas when something happened.

Passenger Marty Martinez did a brief Facebook Live posting with the caption “Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing!! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas!!”

Martinez told CBS News that passengers heard an explosion and saw the engine slam against a window, shattering it and injuring a woman.

According to WCAU-TV,  a piece of the engine hit and broke one of the plane’s windows, which caused the woman to be partially sucked out of the plane.

The woman was pulled back in by passengers.

The Philadelphia airport tweeted that flight 1380 “landed safely at PHL and passengers are being brought into the terminal.” No other details were given.

Tracking data from FlightAware.com shows the flight was heading west over New York’s southern tier when it abruptly turned toward Philadelphia.

Messages seeking comment from the Federal Aviation Administration and Southwest Airlines weren’t immediately returned.

Firefighters were on the scene but a spokeswoman couldn’t immediately provide any details.

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