Published: Wednesday 18 April, 2018

Woman Sucked Out of Plane Window After Southwest Airlines Engine Exploded

Tragedy on a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas Tuesday. A female passenger died after getting sucked out of the airplane’s window when the left engine exploded mid-flight. The passenger has been identified as Jennifer Riordan, 43.

The Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas was cruising at 32,000 feet when the left engine suddenly exploded. Shrapnel smashed the window beside Jennifer Riordan and air pressure sucked her out. Witnesses said half of her body was already outside of the window when other passengers lunged forward to pull her back in.

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Passengers said they heard a loud noise and oxygen masks suddenly dropped down. Then screaming and cries followed as panicked passengers realized what was happening. 

One passenger recalled seeing a man in a cowboy hat lunging forward to pull Riordan back into the plane as half her body – from the waist up – was already outside. 

“She was out of the plane. He couldn’t do it by himself, so another gentleman came over and helped to get her back in the plane, and they got her,” said Alfred Tumlinson, of Corpus Christi, Texas as quoted by Mail Online.

‘From her waist above, she was outside of the plane,’ said another passenger, Eric Zilbert. 

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Eventually, other passengers help and Riordan was pulled back in. They tried to cover the window while some administered CPR on Jennifer Riordan.

The Southwest flight made an emergency landing in Philadelphia and Riordan was rushed to a hospital. However, it was later learned that she died.

An investigation into the incident is under way, said the NTSB.

Southwest plane woman sucked out

Photo showing the Southwest Airlines plane with its damaged engine and broken window. (Twitter/NBC/DFW)