A Southwest flight from New York City to Dallas was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of its engines exploded mid-flight.
Debris from the explosion blew open a window on the aircraft and the rapid depressurization caused one woman to get partially sucked out of the plane. Passengers were able to pull her back inside the plane.
The pilot asked air traffic control for paramedics to meet the airplane on the tarmac to help injured passengers.
“We have a part of the aircraft missing,” said the pilot. When asked if the plane was on fire, the pilot responded, “No, it’s not on fire, but part of it’s missing. They said there is a hole and someone went out.”
The woman was rushed to a nearby hospital upon landing in Philadelphia.
UPDATE: The NTSB has confirmed that there was one fatality on the flight.
One passenger, Marty Martinez, was able to take photos of the damaged plane from inside the aircraft and share them on Facebook.
Other passengers were able to share images on social media.
Southwest Airlines released a statement on the incident on Twitter.
No information has been released yet as to if the fatality was indeed the woman nearly sucked out of the plane, or the cause of the explosion.
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