The NTSB and Southwest Airlines confirmed yesterday that a woman was killed when the engine on flight 1380 from New York to Dallas exploded in mid-air.
NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that one of the aircraft’s 24 blades was missing and there was evidence of metal fatigue where the blade attached to the hub.
Today the identity of the woman was confirmed as Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old mother of 2. Riordan was taken to a hospital once the flight landed in Philadelphia, but died from her injuries.
Riordan was the vice president of community relations at Wells Fargo in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her husband, Michael Riordan, was once the chief operating officer for the city of Albuquerque.
A statement from the Riordan family read: “Jennifer Riordan has passed away as a result of previously reported events on Southwest Airlines flight #1380. Jennifer’s vibrancy, passion, and love infused our community and reached across our country.
“Her impact on everything and everyone she touched can never be fully measured. But foremost, she is the bedrock of our family. She and Mike wrote a love story unlike any other. Her beauty and love is evident through her children.
“We are so appreciative of the outpouring of support from family, friends, and our community. We do ask that those who seek to express their condolences and prayers, as well as media outlets, respect our privacy at this time.
“Our family and friends need this time to both grieve and celebrate Jennifer’s impact on us all. In her memory, please remember to always be kind, loving, caring, and sharing.”
Southwest Airlines also released a statement regarding the accident: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that there is one fatality resulting from this accident.
“The entire Southwest Airlines Family is devastated and extends its deepest heartfelt sympathy to the customers, employees, family members, and loved ones affected by this tragic event.
“We have activated our emergency response team and are deploying every resource to support those affected by this tragedy.”
Jennifer Riordan is survived by her husband Michael and her two children, Josh and Averie.
Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to her family as they deal with their tragic loss.