One passenger killed after engine blows on Southwest Airlines flight

Southwest said there were 143 passengers and five crew members on board the Boeing 737, which was headed from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Dallas' Love Field.

A woman has died after being partially sucked out of a plane window when one of its engines blew up in mid-air.

Passenger Amanda Bourman said she saw emergency medical workers using a defibrillator to help a woman who was taken off the plane after it landed.

Mr Martinez captured this image of the blown out engine after the plane touched down in Philadelphia. The Aviation Safety Network, which tracks accidents, reported recently that there were no commercial passenger jet deaths past year, although two turboprop planes were involved in fatal crashes in Russian Federation and Angola.

"We do have information that there was one fatality", National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt told reporters during a news conference.

Her death was shared by the assistant principal of the Albuquerque Catholic School where Riordan's two children are students. The identity of the dead person was not immediately disclosed. "Explosion critically injured woman sitting in the seat next to the window", he wrote on Facebook.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane landed after the crew reported damage to one of the engines, along with the fuselage and at least one window. "Plane dropped dramatically and it smelled like fire with ash coming down on everyone thru the vents".

Philadelphia Airport announced that passengers should expect delays even though flights are still departing and arriving at the airport.

The father of one of the passengers, Todd Baur, told NBC 10 that a woman was partially drawn out of the plane before being pulled back in by other passengers. And, meanwhile, there was blood all over this man's hands. "He was tending to her".

He said passengers held on to her while nonstationary objects flew out the hole. "We were going down", Martinez said.

"We left LaGuardia heading to Dallas and we were west of Philly when we lost the left-side engine and diverted to Philly".

Southwest is the world's largest operator of the 737, which is also the best-selling jetliner in the world. "Safety is always our top priority at Southwest Airlines, and we are working diligently to support our Customers and Crews at this time".

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao praised the pilots, crew and passengers for helping to prevent a far worse tragedy.

Passengers were seen walking off the plane on the tarmac at the airport and the left engine of the plane is damaged. The plane landed safely.

At least one passenger was taken to the hospital and several people were reported injured after a Southwest Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday, officials said.

The engine failure was reminiscent of a similar event on a Southwest Boeing 737-700 jet in August 2016 as it flew from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida.

Southwest issued a statement saying that "We are in the process of gathering more information", and confirming that the flight was diverted to Philadelphia.

  • Eleanor Harrison