May 01-Crew members of the Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia when its engine exploded on April 17, killing a passenger, will meet with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday.
A woman, Jennifer Riordan, died after being nearly sucked out of the plane when a window was fractured by debris from an exploding engine.
Flight 1380 was headed from NY to Dallas last month when an engine on the Boeing 737 exploded at 30,000 feet. They include firefighter Andrew Needum, ranch worker Tim McGinty, and nurse Peggy Phillips.
Southwest Airlines Co. was sued by a passenger who witnessed the "horror" when an exploding engine part shattered a cabin window 20 minutes into a flight from New York-LaGuardia airport. The incident killed one passenger and injured seven others, authorities said.
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"These Americans responded with tremendous bravery", Trump said.
The plane was traveling from NY to Dallas. Passengers said that Shults walked through the aisle and talked with them to make sure they were all right.
The president went on to talk about Tammie Jo Shultz, the pilot who was able to land the plane safely despite the technical failures.
The former Navy fighter pilot has kept a low profile, eschewing media requests but issuing a statement alongside first officer Darren Ellisor, who was also in attendance Tuesday.
"The courage it took for her to control that situation and really save everyone on board is really just unbelievable", one passenger said.