A Southwest Airlines flight from New York City to Dallas turned into a nightmare on Tuesday after an engine exploded in midair and forced an emergency landing.
One female passenger was “partially sucked out” an airplane window after the engine explosion, forcing fellow passengers to pull her back to safety. It was chaos and there was “blood everywhere,” according to witnesses.
A father-in-law of one of the passengers said the initial impact was strong enough to partially suck one woman out of the plane.
“One passenger, a woman, was partially … was drawn out towards the out of the plane … was pulled back in by other passengers,” he told NBC10.
The Southwest Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.
One passenger remains in critical condition with “head trauma” and at least nine other are injured, according to Fox 29.
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“We are in the process of gathering more information,” the airline said in a statement “Safety is always our top priority at Southwest Airlines, and we are working diligently to support our customers and crews at this time.”
One of the passengers, Marty Martinez, managed to post several live videos on Facebook before the emergency landing. “Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing!! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas,” he wrote.
He then posted photos of the stunning damage after the plane had landed in Philly.
There will now be a full investigation conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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