PHILADELPHIA –A Southwest Airlines jet reportedly blew an engine at about 30,000 feet, producing shrapnel that broke a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday. The NTSB confirmed one person has died after the emergency landing of a Southwest Airlines plane at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday.
“We do have information there was one fatality,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said. No further details were provided.
Another 12 people were assessed by medics, officials reported, and seven of those people were treated for minor injuries.
A Southwest spokesman said there were 143 passengers and five crew members on board the Boeing 737, which was headed from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas’ Love Field. Most passengers walked off the plane onto the tarmac at the airport after landing around 11:20 a.m.
Photos taken by passengers from inside the cabin and posted on social media showed what appeared to be significant damage to the jet, with part of the covering from its left engine ripped off and a window damaged.
FAA said that the plane landed after the crew reported damage to one of the engines, along with the fuselage and at least one window.
The Philadelphia airport tweeted that Flight 1380 “landed safely at PHL and passengers are being brought into the terminal.” No other details were given.
Passenger Marty Martinez did a brief Facebook Live posting with the caption “Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing!! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas!!”
John Goglia, a former NTSB member, told the AP that investigators will take the Southwest engine apart to understand what happened and will look at maintenance records for the engine.
“There’s a ring around the engine that’s meant to contain the engine pieces when this happens,” Goglia said. “In this case it didn’t. That’s going to be a big focal point for the NTSB – why didn’t (the ring) do its job?”