WATCH VIDEO; Facebook live-streaming of mid-air chaos as New York-Dallas flight lands despite exploded engine courtesy pilot Tammie Jo Shults

New York-Dallas flight crash
New York-Dallas flight which was able to ground after one of the engines crashed.

Pray…Plane blew an engine….We are going to try to land…..Tell the girls we love them and that Jesus is with them always.

The Hush Post: Travelling mid-air and thousands of feet above the Earth’s surface, Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 passengers prayed as they saw certain death. Seconds before what looked like time to say goodbye, strangers hugged each other because their own weren’t there. Probably, if it was death, then they looked for the comfort of not being alone.

Moments earlier on an American Tuesday, they were reading mid-air, or watching their favourite movie as the plane flew at 30,000 feet. It was on its way from New York to Dallas.



At about 11 am Eastern time, less than half-an-hour into the four hour long flight, as they broke out of the clouds there was a roar, and then a pandemonium.

To some it seemed a passenger flew out mid-air. Were they hallucinating? No they weren’t. Out of the 144 passengers there was one less as one of them whizzed out of the airplane.

On inquiry it was found that the plane’s left engine had exploded as one of its fan blades broke down. A gust of shrapnel had blown out a window. It was through this window a passenger was sucked out. The plane plunged thousands of feet in seconds almost like an Air Force One drill.


Over the next 20 minutes, there was panic and there were prayers simultaneously as the pilot rerouted the plane to Philadelphia for an emergency landing.
In charge of the cockpit was, a woman pilot, Tammie Jo Shults, a veteran Navy pilot, who flew on one engine, displaying what could be appropriately called loads of courage under pressure. She was well trained to handle stress in the cockpit. She had flown supersonic F/A-18 Hornets as one of the Navy’s first woman pilots. Shults radioed air traffic controllers in Philadelphia to know her approach. “Flight is carrying injured passengers and needs emergency medics on the ground,” she radioed.

“Is your airplane physically on fire?” an air traffic controller asked Shults, according to audio captured by LiveATC.

“No it’s not on fire, but part of it is missing,” she responded. “They said there’s a hole and, uh, someone went out.”

And then it was similar to any one of those 9/11 flights where passengers were trying to get internet access to say good bye to their children and families. Twenty-nine-year-old Marty Martinez of Dallas, held an oxygen mask to his face as he live-streamed on Facebook how the plane was descending. “It appears we are going down!”

Another passenger Bourman said that he prayed and his wife, Amanda, connected her phone. She started texting her father-in-law to convey a message to the couple’s three daughters, six, four and two-years-old:

Pray…Plane blew an engine….We are going to try to land…..Tell the girls we love them and that Jesus is with them always.

Across the broken window, 43-year-old Sheri Sears thought about her 11-year-old daughter, Tyley. “I am not going to be for her just as my father left me when I was seven.”

Her friend and travel companion, Tim McGinty, reassured his wife and Sears. Tim then got up to help an injured passenger, Jennifer Riordan, back into the plane.
Riordan was unconscious and bleeding as McGinty and another passenger, a firefighter from Dallas, laid her across a row of seats. A retired nurse and flight attendants rushed up and helped McGinty perform CPR all the way to Philadelphia. It is a different story she died.

Riordan, 43, a mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico, declared brought dead at a hospital of what medical examiners later called trauma to her torso.
Courtney Padilla, 34, a passenger from Albuquerque and her family sat at the front when the engine exploded and, like other passengers, they stayed in their seats and held onto each other as the desperate attempt to save Riordan’s life played out just rows behind them.
A stranger beside Padilla assured that she had just celebrated her birthday and this wasn’t going to be their death. The vibes were passed on by Padilla to a young girl.
Just over the wing, on the right side, Jim Demetros, 55, watched flight attendants get oxygen bottles thread along the aisle to make sure the passengers were or felt secured.

Now they were 120 seconds away from Philadelphia International Airport, there was good new as well as bad. But this was going to be final news.  Demetros said, the plane vibrated as it made a slow turn. About a minute before they landed, Matt Tranchin’s phone connected, so he called his wife and said that they were about to hit the ground to either die or to live.
The crew told passengers to put their heads down. Sears held on to her friend in the seat next to her and wondered, “Will it stop? Will it crash? Will it explode?”
It landed gently, infact, quiet delicately.

Martinez, who had live streamed the descent called up first and foremost and said he was alive. Bournman and Amanda told Bourman’s father they had landed and were fine, Sheri Sears was happy she is going to be there for her daughter and so were others as the Tammie Jo Shults, the star of the moment looked on as if it wasn’t much about accomplishment as much as it was about lives.

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