Southwest flight makes emergency landing in Philadelphia; 1 dead

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PHILADELPHIA – A Dallas-bound Southwest plane was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday in Philadelphia after an engine blew, killing one person according to KYW.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Tuesday the engine will be shipped for a detailed examination.

Philadelphia’s fire chief said the person was taken to a hospital in critical condition and seven were treated for minor injuries.

No other details are available at this time.

Flight SWA 1380 departed at 10:27 a.m. from LaGuardia before an apparent engine problem forced it to circle back to Philadelphia International Airport.

The father of a passenger told WCAU that shrapnel from the engine burst into the plane and injured a passenger. Passengers shared photos of the shredded casing of one of the aircraft’s engines.

A Facebook Live video shows a passenger, oxygen mask in one hand and phone in the other, with the caption: “Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing!! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas!!”

“Someone on the plane had a heart attack and it looks like an engine blew out then a window was blown open,” Martinez wrote. “We are still on the plane and they are trying to revive a woman on the plane.”

Emergency crews met the plane at the tarmac at Philadelphia International Airport after it landed safely. At least one person was treated at an area hospital, according to KYW, but the extent of any injuries is not clear.

Southwest Airlines provided this statement:

“We are aware that Southwest flight #1380 from New York La Guardia (LGA) to Dallas Love Field (DAL) has diverted to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).  We are in the process of transporting Customers and Crew into the terminal. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-700, has 143 Customers and five Crewmembers onboard. We are in the process of gathering more information. Safety is always our top priority at Southwest Airlines, and we are working diligently to support our Customers and Crews at this time.”

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