BRAVE PILOT SAVES MANY BUT ONE IN MID AIR ENGINE FAILURE Tammie Shults was piloting the twin-engine Boeing 737 when, at 32,000 feet, shrapnel from the engine smashed a window. She took the plane into a rapid descent, making a safe emergency landing. 

Jennifer Riordan, a well-known leader, and altruist from New Mexico died Tuesday when a Southwest Airlines jet engine failed midair and its debris blew up a window. Passengers had to pull her back into the plane when she was sucked out of the shattered window. She died at a Philadelphia hospital after the plane made an emergency landing, authorities said.

Tammie Jo Shults is the pilot who bravely flew Southwest Flight 1380 to safety as part of its left engine ripped off. Shults’ mother-in-law, Virginia Shults, told The Washington Post she immediately recognized Tammie Jo’s voice when she heard her conversation with the air traffic control tower.

Shults was piloting the twin-engine Boeing 737 when, at 32,000 feet, shrapnel from the engine smashed a window. She took the plane into a rapid descent, making a safe emergency landing.

Though incidents of this happening are incredibly rare, it is all too possible for this to happen on a plane. It happened, for instance, in 1989 when a cargo door blew off during United Airlines flight 811 and took part of the fuselage with it. Nine passengers were sucked from the plane.

Some major customers of Boeing Co’s popular 737 jets including Korean Air Lines Co Ltd said on Wednesday they were inspecting engines of the type that blew apart mid-air on a fatal Southwest Airlines Co flight on Tuesday.