Southwest jet forced to land after engine blowout breaks window

Southwest Airline emergency landing

Getty Passengers were crying and texting loved ones fearing the end

Todd Baur, who identified himself as the father of a passenger from the plane, told Philadelphia's NBC-10 television that a female passenger was injured when she was partially sucked into a window near the afflicted engine before being pulled back into the aircraft by other passengers.

Philadelphia Fire Department Commissioner Adam Thiel (TEAL') declined to release any additional details on the victim or their condition. To make matters worse, NBC Philadelphia is reporting that a passenger was almost sucked out of a window after shrapnel from the decimated engine broke it.

It depressurised the plane immediately and one passenger, a woman, was partially drawn out of the plane and was pulled back inwards by the other passengers.

Bourman said she saw emergency workers using a defibrillator to help a woman who was then taken off the plane.

An engine failure that forced Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 to make an emergency landing has left one person dead, making it the first fatality on a USA airline in nine years.

The Boeing 737 plane managed to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport at 11.30am local time (4.30pm Irish time). The airport said flights were continuing to depart from Philadelphia and that the FAA had lifted a ground stop for planes at other airports waiting to depart for Philadelphia. He posted, "Something is wrong with our plane!"

"All of a sudden, we heard this loud bang, rattling, it felt like one of the engines went out".

Oxygen masks dropped down as the plane prepared to make an emergency landing. Though much of the video is garbled, the video shows Martinez wearing an oxygen mask.

Marty Martinez, a passenger on the flight, posted a video on his personal Facebook page stating he was "recording his last moments".

The plane was flying around 32,500 feet when the incident happened, according to an altitude tracking tool on Flight Aware.

Passenger Amanda Bourman of NY she was seated near the back of the plane and was asleep when she heard a loud noise.

It wasn't immediately known if there were any injuries in the incident.

"We were west of Philly when we lost the left-side engine and diverted to Philly", said a passenger aboard Flight 1380.

Martinez said it appeared the plane's left engine had exploded and broken a window in the aircraft's seventeenth row about 30 minutes into the flight.

The plane, a twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from NY to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia just before noon as passengers breathing through oxygen masks that dropped from the ceiling said their prayers and braced for impact.

Firefighters were on the scene helping evacuate passengers off the plane on the tarmac at Philadelphia International Airport.

News helicopter footage showed damage to the left engine of the plane and the tarmac covered with firefighter foam, although there were no signs of flames or smoke.

Southwest has about 700 planes, all of them 737s, including more than 500 737-700s like the one involved in Tuesday's accident. It is the world's largest operator of the 737.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating. "My SW flight from NYC to DAL just blew an engine and the window blew out mid flight".

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