Southwest Airlines flight 1380 experienced an uncontained engine failure yesterday.
The inlet and pieces of the engine cowl separated from the pane. Debris hit the side of the fuselage and shattered a window. The aircraft lost pressure. Apparently a female passenger was nearly sucked out of the plane. Passengers pulled her back inside. Despite those efforts a passenger died, and several others were injured.
So far we know that a fan blade broke at the engine hub and separated. There appeared to be metal fatigue at the separation point.
Listening to the pilot talk to air traffic control as they made their descent into Philadelphia for an emergency landing is chilling. My whole body shakes and goes numb as I play this. The pilot did an incredible job, she stayed calm, dealt with everything matter of factly as she must and provided necessary information to the ground so that they could have the priority they needed getting to the ground and emergency services prepared for their arrival.
Communications between the pilot of Southwest Flight 1380 and Air Traffic Control at Philadelphia International Airport as the plane came in for an emergency landing. https://t.co/KYa1Nw3pYp pic.twitter.com/FxgK35qDqP
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) April 17, 2018
The Southwest 737 landed safely on runway 27L and it stopped short on an adjacent taxiway. Responding emergency crew foamed the damaged engine. Passengers deplaned via stairs onto the taxiway.
This was the first US airline accident involving a fatality since Colgan Air Flight 3407 in February 2009. It was the first Southwest Airlines incident which caused the death of a passenger onboard (in the airline’s history a passenger who stormed the cockpit died onboard from injuries resulting from the reaction of other passengers, and one person who died on the ground in an incident).
I grieve for the person who died, and am grateful for the return of the rest of those onboard. And I marvel at the nerves of the captain who appeared to do her job exceptionally well under difficult circumstances.