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Donald Trump praises crew and passengers in Southwest flight drama

02 May, 2018, 01:13 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • Trump Honors Hero Southwest Pilot At White House

President Trump meets with crew and passengers of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, including pilot Tammie Jo Shults, third from left, in the Oval Office on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump honored Tuesday the heroic crew and pilot who landed the Southwest Airlines plane that lost an engine. "We send our prayers to Jennifer's husband and their two handsome young children", Trump said, adding, "She must've been a fantastic woman".

A woman, Jennifer Riordan, died after being nearly sucked out of the plane when a window was fractured by debris from an exploding engine.

A bank executive from New Mexico, Jennifer Riordan, was killed when an engine blade broke and shattered a window. "We're very, very proud of them and God bless you all".

"The courage it took for her to control that situation and really save everyone on board is really just unbelievable", one passenger said.

Chavez claims she's suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, among other injuries.


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

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman Robert Sumwalt said it was the first passenger fatality in a USA airline accident since 2009. They're still talking about it.

Trump also commended several passengers who came to the aid of other travellers, including a firefighter who helped pull Riordan back inside the aircraft and a retired nurse who administered CPR.

Trump, seated in the Oval Office, was surrounded by the crew members and passengers.

Federal regulators are expanding an emergency order for airlines to inspect fan blades in Boeing 737 engines for microscopic cracks that indicate metal weakness.

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