Passenger next to Southwest Airlines flight victim Jennifer Riordan recalls horrific ordeal


Mrs. Riordan, a Wells Fargo executive from New Mexico, was a "thoughtful leader who has always been a part of the fabric of our community", said Tim Keller, the mayor of Albuquerque.

Mr Needum, seated next to his father and son, turned back to see that oxygen masks had deployed in the cabin.

Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester said: "Our hearts go out to the family of Jennifer Riordan, who lost her life yesterday, April 17, during the tragic plane accident". "And that's what he did", his wife, Stephanie, said tearfully.

"If you can possibly imagine going through the window of an airplane at about 600 miles per hour and hitting either the fuselage or the wing with your body, with your face, then I think I can probably tell you there was significant trauma", Phillips said. "We're just grateful to have closure". He felt moved to act. He rushed over and tried to pull her back in.

A nurse began administering CPR.

With the help of ATC, the former U.S. Navy F/A-18 pilot diverted to an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

Philips said stepping up to help "comes from being a registered nurse for over 20 years" and is "just what we do".

This latest incident could very well spark a fresh airworthiness directive from the FAA, and would mean that all United States based CFM56 powered aircraft would have to undergo ultrasonic inspection of each fan blade, which could have far reaching consequences for airlines such as Southwest, who operate large fleets of CFM56 powered aircraft. The website also asks visitors to honor Riordan by being kindhearted to each other-this, above all, will help to keep her legacy alive.

By at least one passenger's account, half her body was outside the plane. Afterward, he said, Shults took a moment to individually speak with rattled passengers.

Sumwalt said the FDR information indicated that the flight crew elected to land with flaps five, as opposed to the normal setting of flaps 30 or flaps 40, which the pilots used because they were concerned of aircraft controllability issues.

A federal investigator says that a crack on the interior of a jet engine is what led to the failure that shot debris at the plane, leading to the death of a passenger.

When the two couldn't save Riordan, Mackey said, they just waited with her.

They weren't able to revive Riordan, who died from her injuries.

As the plane ascended past 32,000 feet elevation, the left engine failed and parts of it flew off, shattering a window in row 14.

Officials say Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died after the plane heading from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Dallas made an emergency landing Tuesday in Philadelphia. It broke off midair, causing the engine to blow apart.

In a second media briefing, the NTSB stated that blade #13 of 24 on the left hand CFM56 engine had separated at the hub, and that there was evidence of metal fatigue.