Southwest Airlines flight 1380 was forced to make an emergency landing due to uncontained engine failure. The plane landed at the Philadelphia International Airport. The flight departed from LaGuardia Airport in New York on Tuesday morning. The flight was at an altitude of over 31,000 feet when the passengers felt the Boeing shudder and heard a loud boom. The air pressure dropped due to one of the windows rupturing above the left wing. The woman sitting by the window was sucked partially out of the window before the other passengers pulled her back.
The plane headed for the Philadelphia airport in a steep dive. In five minutes the plane lost 21,000 feet of altitude but landed safely. The woman partially sucked through the window died. Her name was Jennifer Riordan, she had two children and she was only 43. This was the first death is nine years resulting from an accident involving a United States certified airline. The last fatalities occured in February of 2009 when Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed close to Buffalo, New York. There were 49 deaths including one individual on the ground and everyone on the flight. For additional details please take a moment to visit https://www.forbes.com/sites/danielreed/2018/04/17/the-worst-thing-that-can-happen-to-a-jetliner-in-flight-just-did-it-killed-one-southwest-passenger/3/#1e20bf7e5e29.
The investigators are now determining the specifics responsible for the deadly crash. The picture of the crash shows unmistakable engine failure. The first third of the number one engine are ahead of the left wing. The housing is mostly gone and the only thing left are shards of aluminum. Commercial jets are equipped with reliable turbine engines. In the United States there are approximately 87,000 flights every day. Only one or two of these flights experience issues serious enough for the pilots to be forced to shut down an engine. Commercial planes can fly over land with only one engine. Flights cleared to operate over the ocean can fly for a maximum of four hours with only one engine.
In the rare instances a jet engine malfunctions it literally falls apart. It is called contained engine failure when the pieces remain within the cowling. If the parts leave the cowling it is called an uncontained engine failure. This can cause shards of metal and pieces from the engine to hit the fuselage of the plane traveling at hundreds of miles per hour. The plane can be penetrated and the situation is deadly.