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Jennifer Riordan: The harrowing details from the April 17 fatal flight were released for the first time as the National Transportation Safety Board began a hearing Wednesday into the engine failure on Southwest Flight 1380, which carried 144 passengers and five crew members.
The flight attendants told investigators at least one of the male passengers put his arm out of the window and wrapped it around the woman’s shoulder to help pull her back in. Fernheimer said when she looked out the window, she could see that one of the plane’s engines was shattered, and there was blood on the outside of the aircraft.
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A passenger who was onboard Southwest Airlines flight 1380 Tuesday emotionally described Thursday how he and others tried to save the woman who died when she was sucked outside the plane when one of its engines exploded in midair.
Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old bank executive and mother of two from Albuquerque, was seated in row 14 when she was sucked through a 10-by-14-inch window that had been broken by pieces of the disintegrating engine, two individuals familiar with the investigation said.
“And I looked at her eyes and she basically gave me the approval to go back there,” Needum told reporters at a news conference Thursday. “What took place back there I’m gonna leave, out of respect for her family, I’m gonna leave that alone,” Needum said. “I’m trained for emergency situations and it’s just exactly what it was. And I felt moved to act.” When he rushed to row 14, passenger Tim McGinty was trying to pull Riordan back inside the plane. Needum helped McGinty and they were able to pull Riordan back.
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Flight attendants asked for medical volunteers. A paramedic laid the woman across a row of seats and began chest compressions. They tried a defibrillator but it indicated that there was no shock. The paramedic and a nurse took turns at CPR.
Passengers asked if they were going to die. Fernheimer said she squeezed their hands. ‘‘She told them that they were going to make it,’’ an investigator wrote.
Pilots Tammie Jo Shults and Darren Ellisor landed the crippled Boeing 737 in Philadelphia. The passenger in the window seat, Jennifer Riordan, was fatally injured — the first death on a U.S. airline flight since 2009. Eight other passengers including at least one of the men who helped pull Riordan back in the window.
An official from CFM defended the design and testing of fan blades like the one that snapped on the Southwest plane as it flew high above Pennsylvania, triggering an engine breakup that flung debris like shrapnel into the plane.
After the fatal accident, CFM recommended the use of frequent and more sophisticated tests using ultrasound or electrical currents.
Another Southwest jet had suffered a similar blade-related engine breakup in 2016 over Florida.
CFM and federal regulators considered the Florida incident an aberration.
‘‘We determined early that we would require some corrective action in that it was an unsafe condition,’’ an FAA expert on engines, Christopher Spinney, testified on Wednesday, ‘‘but we also determined we had some time.’’
Rather than order immediate inspections of fan blades after the 2016 incident, the FAA began a slower process for drafting a regulation and getting public comment before enacting it. That process was still underway when the fatal accident occurred nearly two years later.
Since the deadly flight, widespread inspections have turned up eight other fan blades on similar CFM engines that also had cracks. The fan blade that broke was last inspected six years earlier and, it was determined, suffered from metal fatigue even then — but it went unnoticed by a less sophisticated exam used at the time.
Fan blades have been thought to have no real lifetime limit. CFM and FAA officials said they were now considering whether blades must be replaced at some point even if they don’t show wear.
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THE coroner investigating the death of Jennifer Riordan, who died on the doomed Southwest plane, has revealed she died of blunt impact trauma to the head, neck, and torso. Mrs. Riordan, a bank executive, and mother-of-two was killed after the engine blew and hurled shrapnel at a plane window, which she was partially sucked out of.
It has also been revealed she was wearing her seatbelt at the time. It comes after a retired nurse detailed the terrifying moment when shrapnel struck Mrs. Riordan’s window and pulled her through the hole, almost completely sucking her out of the aircraft.
Peggy Phillips was sitting a row in front of Mrs. Riordan when the engine exploded on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 from New York to Dallas on Tuesday Firefighter Andrew Needum and Tim McGinty, a ranch hand who was traveling with his wife, helped pull the woman back inside the plane.
“The engine went out and we had a lady go out the window, and we couldn’t pull her in,” he said. “A guy helped, we got her pulled in. They tried to resuscitate her.”
“Some heroes wear capes, but mine wears a cowboy hat,” Mr. McGinty’s wife told USA Today.
Ms. Phillips abandoned her own oxygen mask to help revive Ms. Riordan but there was little that could be done because of the trauma she suffered.
“If you can possibly imagine going through the window of an airplane at about 600mph (965km/h), and hitting either the fuselage or the wing with your body, with your face I can probably tell you that there was significant trauma to the body,” she said. “Significant head trauma, facial trauma.”
How many seats are on a Southwest plane?
In March of 2012 Southwest began reconfiguring their 737-700 fleet to increase their seating capacity from 137 seats to 143 seats. These newly reconfigured aircraft will also feature the new Evolve Interior with slimline seats.
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Eight other passengers received minor injuries. The aircraft was substantially damaged. It was the first fatal airline accident involving a U.S. passenger carrier since the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in February 2009, and the first accident involving Southwest Airlines that resulted in the death of a passenger.
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