One Dead after Southwest Engine Failure Sends Debris into Cabin

One person has died after a Southwest Boeing 737 en route from New York to Dallas made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The aircraft reportedly lost an engine on the left side. See image above from Philadelphia Enquirer showing damage to the engine nacelle on that side. A CNN report notes that passengers aboard said the landing was “smooth” and “stable.” One passenger was reported to have been taken to the hospital and later died. Several others were injured. One report says that “shrapnel” hit the window and causing the injuries.

Southwest released 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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