One person has died after a terrifying midair explosion caused by a damaged engine ripped open a window on a Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday, forcing an emergency landing in Philadelphia.
A woman was “drawn out” out of the plane window during the incident and had to be pulled back in by other passengers, a separate passenger’s father-in-law told a local NBC News affiliate. It’s unclear if this woman is the passenger who died.
A pilot reportedly confirmed the gruesome details to air traffic control, saying that part of the plane was missing and that, “They said there is a hole and someone went out.”
Another seven passengers are being treated for minor injuries due to the incident. The other 143 passengers and five crew members left the plane mostly unharmed, according to Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel. The Texas flight was bound for New York City’s LaGuardia Airport before it landed in Philadelphia. Firefighters also put out a fire in one of the engines.
The National Transportation Safety Board hasn’t released much more information about the accident, but passengers aboard posted photos of the damage. One passenger, Marty Martinez, even live-streamed portions of the incident. After a few seconds, his Facebook Live video becomes too distorted to comprehend, but Martinez commented on the post that an engine exploded. Martinez also said that passengers were trying to revive a woman who had a heart attack.