Engine suffers uncontained failure on Southwest Boeing 737-700 and parts of the engine penetrated the fuselage causing a depressurisation and subsequent death of one passenger. The accident happened soon after departure from New York City.
There are reports the deceased passengers was partially sucked out of the window and pulled back into the plane .
Tragic accident but well handled by Captain Tammie Jo Shults’ who previously was a Navy fighter pilot who was one of the first women to fly F-18s.
The airline stated they are deeply saddened to confirm there is one fatality resulting from this accident, the entire Southwest Family is devastated. “This is a sad day and our hearts go out to the family and the loved ones of the deceased customer”, the chairman said. This has been the first inflight fatality ever on a Southwest Airlines Aircraft.
Flight details are as below:
Aircraft type Boeing 737-7H4
Operator Southwest Airlines Flight 1380
Serial number 27880 LN:601
First flight date 26/06/2000
Plane age 17.8 years
Flight origin LaGuardia Airport, New York, New York
1st stopover Dallas Love Field, Dallas, Texas
2nd stopover New Orleans International Airport
Last stopover Oakland Airport California
Destination Reno-Tahoe Reno, Nevada