Southwest Airlines has confirmed there was an accident involving one of its aircraft yesterday which resulted in one fatality.
The airline said Flight 1380 made an emergency diversion to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) earlier today after the crew reported issues with the number one engine which resulted in damage to the fuselage.
The aircraft involved was a Boeing 737-700 and was en-route from New York LaGuardia to Dallas Love Field. In total, the flight had 144 passenger and five Southwest crewmembers onboard.
A report on CNN claims the woman that died was sucked into a hole left by a shattered window and fellow passengers tried to pull her back in.
The woman was reportedly sitting on the left side of the aircraft when something in the engine apparently broke and smacked into the window.
Many passengers kept trying to pull the woman back into the aircraft for a long time, until two men were able to get the woman back in her seat, the report on CNN said.
A Southwest Airlines statement said: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that there is one fatality resulting from this accident. The entire Southwest Airlines Family is devastated and extends its deepest, heartfelt sympathy to the customers, employees, family members and loved ones affected by this tragic event.
“We have activated our emergency response team and are deploying every resource to support those affected by this tragedy.”
The airline added: “We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Southwest pilots and flight attendants who acted professionally and swiftly to take care of our customers during the emergency diversion and landing.”
Southwest Airlines officials are in direct contact with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support an immediate, coordinated response to this accident.
Southwest is in the process of gathering additional information regarding flight 1380 and will fully cooperate in an investigative process.