Southwest Flight Engine Explosion Shatters Window Mid-Flight
A Southwest flight engine explosion shattered a window mid-flight and forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport.
According to CBS Philly:
A Southwest Airlines plane has made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after an engine blew out as the plane left LaGuardia Airport in New York on Tuesday morning.
The plane landed safely and taxied to a remote area of the runway where passengers were taken off.
Officials say one person was taken to the hospital, but there’s no word on the extent of that injury.
“Southwest Airlines flight 1380, which departed LaGuardia for Dallas Love Field , diverted to PHL because of an operational event. The plane landed safely. No slides were deployed,” the airline said in a statement.
One of the passengers posted a video on Facebook and filmed the emergency landing. The passenger claimed that an engine explosion shattered one of the aircraft’s windows, and the flight crew moved to patch up the hole as quickly as possible.
The passenger’s post said:
“Flight attendants ran over calling for passengers to help cover the hole as they broke down and began uncontrollably crying and looking horrified as they looked outside. Plane dropped dramatically and it smelled like fire with ash coming down on everyone thru the vents. Absolutely terrifying, but we are okay,” Martinez wrote.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available.