One Passenger Dead After Southwest Engine Failure

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A Southwest 737-700 suffered an uncontained engine failure on Tuesday, requiring an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Flight 1380 was flying between New York and Dallas with 143 passengers and five crew members when the incident occurred.

While the plane landed safely, with most passengers unharmed, seven were treated for minor injuries, and the AP is reporting that one woman has perished, presumably the passenger sitting near the damaged window who was “partially pulled from the aircraft”.

Aviation accidents are fortunately uncommon (this is the first fatality onboard a US carrier since 2009), and both the 737 and these engines are incredibly reliable. Southwest had a previous incident with this configuration in 2016, and the pilot was able to land the plane safely with no significant injuries to passengers or crew.