Southwest Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing at PHL

Update: Bloomberg reports that one passenger was killed when an engine blew out on a Southwest jetliner carrying 148 people, marking the first accident-related fatality on a U.S.-registered airline in more than nine years.

A Southwest Airlines flight landed safely in Philadelphia Tuesday after the jet violently depressurized when a piece of an engine flew into and broke a window. A woman was almost sucked out of the broken window and oxygen masks were deployed on board. Images and videos show a chaotic and scary scene and some passengers report that there was blood everywhere.

At least one passenger was taken to the hospital and several people were reported injured after the plane made the emergency landing in Philadelphia, officials said.

The Dallas-bound Boeing 737-700 — numbered flight 1380 — made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. There were 149 people onboard. A ground stop was put into effect at the airport as crews responded.

Passenger Marty Martinez told CBSN from the plane that a woman was injured and was taken off the plane. “There was blood everywhere,” Martinez told CBSN’s Anne-Marie Green. Details on the passenger’s condition weren’t immediately available. You can see more images here on his Facebook post. Here’s a video from inside the cabin as well.

Sources told FOX 29 that one passenger was in critical condition with head trauma and nine others were injured in the incident. It was not immediately clear if any of the nine injured were hospitalized.

One thought on “Southwest Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing at PHL

  1. Very sad even the loss of one life. Rather amazing crew brought the flight in for emergency landing so fast on one engine — apparently ten minutes from the blow-out…. Just flew my wife through PHL last week…. has extensive coverage — from multiple angles. Does give those of us who fly a lot — pause. Can expect we’ll be hearing a lot about those near 20 year old 737 engines in days to come….

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