President Donald Trump welcomed hero pilot Tammie Jo Shults and other crew members and passengers from Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 to the Oval Office Tuesday, recognizing the work of those in the cabin and the cockpit following catastrophic engine failure.
Riordan was the one passenger who died during the incident after being sucked out of a broken window, asserting that he would be praying for her husband and children. The Dallas-bound flight had departed from LaGuardia Airport when Shults and first officer Darren Ellisor were forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia following the explosion. "We're very, very proud of them".
Trump said, "She must have been a fantastic woman".
Chavez claims she's suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, among other injuries. She waved off accolades, saying it sometimes was easier to be the pilot rather than a passenger. Shrapnel spewed across the fuselage and broke a window.More news: São Paulo building collapses in huge blaze
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman Robert Sumwalt said it was the first passenger fatality in a USA airline accident since 2009.
However, the pilot, Tammie Jo Schults, successfully landed the plane without further loss of life. They're still talking about it. Several passengers also are expected to attend the meeting at the Oval Office.
"The actions of the crew and passengers of Southwest Flight 1380 shows the great character of our nation", Trump said. Investigators believe cracks caused a fan blade on Flight 1380 to break off and trigger the deadly engine breakup, though a final determination on the cause of the accident is likely a year or more away.