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Passengers Describe the Terrifying Moment A Passenger Was Sucked Out Of The Southwest Flight And How Their Lives Are Forever Changed

April 18, 2018

Every traveler’s nightmare happened on Tuesday, March 16th, 2018 when a Southwest Flight airplane’s engine exploded during the flight. The engine explosion, which happened only 20 minutes into the flight, caused major hysteria after one passenger was partially sucked out of the aircraft.

The woman was a mother of two, 43- year-old Jennifer Riordan. One passenger, Max Kraidelamn, recalled the terror by saying “the top part of her torso was fully out of the window.” Max told the New York Times “There was a lot of blood because she was hit by some of the shrapnel coming off the engine after it exploded.”


While the flight crew and passengers were being warned to sit down and put on their oxygen masks, some passengers made it their mission to save Jennifer. Passengers and attendants that pulled Jennifer back into the plane. While they were successful, she was unconscious from hitting her head outside of the plane.

A retired nurse, Peggy Phillips, worked with a medical technician and another passenger to pull her in and begin administering CPR. Peggy describes the situation as “terrifying” and shared “If you can possibly imagine going through the window of an airplane at about 600 miles an hour and hitting either the fuselage or the wing with your body, with your face. I can probably tell you there was significant trauma to the body.”

The passengers were sending goodbye texts to their loved ones, crying, screaming, and praying. The plane managed to make an emergency landing in Dallas where Jennifer went into cardiac arrest.

She was immediately taken off the plane and taken to the hospital where later died. People reports that seven other passengers were treated for injuries.

Jennifer’s family shared a statement confirming her death from the injuries from the Southwest flight. The statement is shared below:


Jennifer leaves behind a loving community and family. She was known for vibrancy, passion, and love. The statement shared Jennifer and her husband, Mike, wrote a love story unlike any other. Her beauty and love are evident through her children.”

Please pray for Jennifer’s family and the remaining passengers who received injuries.


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