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Southwest flight grounded in Philadelphia after engine explodes

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A woman aboard a Southwest flight was nearly sucked out of the plane after a piece of shrapnel from an exploded engine broke off and shattered her window before the aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The father of a passenger aboard the 737-700 Boeing, told NBC 10 in a phone interview the woman was partially “drawn out of the plane” but that she was “pulled back in by other passengers.”

Five crew members and 143 passengers were aboard the the Dallas-bound flight when it touched down at Philadelphia International around 11:30 a.m., about an hour after it took-off from LaGuardia airport.

Authorities and medics were on the scene but have not yet disclosed what exactly caused the aircraft’s engine trouble. Passenger Kristopher Johnson tweeted an image from his seat, showing what appears to be a blown engine.

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“I want to thank the crew of SWA 1380 for a great job getting us to the ground safely after losing [an] engine,” he wrote.

Marty Martinez, who also said he was on the flight, live-streamed the plane’s terrifying landing on Facebook.

“Flight attendants ran over calling for passengers to cover the hole as they broke down crying and looking horrified as they looked outside,” he wrote beneath the clip. “Plane dropped dramatically and smelled like fire and ash coming down on everyone.

“Absolutely terrifying, but we are okay.”

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The grounded aircraft was moved to a remote area of the Philadelphia runway, where passengers were waiting to be escorted from the plane, according to CBS Philadelphia. It had been traveling around 32,500 feet when the incident happened, according to altitude tracking tool Flight Aware. The aircraft quickly descended before landing “safely” on the Philadelphia runway.

Officials said one person was taken to the hospital, but the extent of their injuries weren’t clear, according to the news station.


The Southwest plane was forced to land just more than hour after take-off.


Southwest Airlines in a statement said it was “aware” the flight had been “diverted,” noting that it was in the “process of gathering more information.” The National Transportation Safety Board said it was also investigating the incident.

Philadelphia International Airport said flights “are departing and arriving” but warned passengers to “expect delays” following the incident.”

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