President Trump to meet with heroic crew of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380

Hannah Rogers
May 2, 2018

President Trump thanked crew members and passengers of Southwest Airlines flight 1380, who survived a deadly explosion last month, for their heroism at the White House Tuesday.

Jennifer Riordan, a bank executive from New Mexico, died from her injuries.

A statement by Captain Shults and First Officer Darren Ellisor of Flight 1380 said, "Our hearts are heavy. We ask God to hold this family close as they grieve the loss of a loving wife and mother".

The president offered his prayers and condolences to Riordan's husband and children, saying that from what he has heard, "she must've been a fantastic woman". The incident killed one passenger and injured seven others, authorities said. The passenger, Lilia Chavez, says in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Philadelphia that she sat three seats behind the shattered window and witnessed "the horror" of what happened to Riordan.

Flight 1380 was en route from NY to Dallas when its left engine suddenly blew apart, sending shrapnel through a window and killing a 43-year-old New Mexico woman. Shrapnel damaged the fuselage and broke the window.

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The president went on to talk about Tammie Jo Shultz, the pilot who was able to land the plane safely despite the technical failures.

In the week following the investigation, Southwest Airlines canceled flights to perform engine inspection.

"Everybody's talking about it". Riordan, who was partially sucked out of the plane, was pulled back inside the cabin by other passengers.

"The actions of the crew and passengers of Southwest Flight 1380 shows the great character of our nation", Trump said.

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