Southwest Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Engine Blows Out Mid Flight

The National Transportation Safety Board is onsite inspecting a Southwest airline plane after engine failure caused the plane to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport

According to the US Aviation Safety Network, no people died in crashes of commercial jets on US soil in 2017, for the fourth year in a row.

The fatality on the flight from NY was the first in a US commercial aviation accident since 2009, according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) statistics.

Seven other people were reportedly treated for minor injuries.

Southwest has confirmed the fatality.

Southwest Airlines tweeted a statement acknowledging the incident.

Southwest acknowledged the emergency landing in a statement Tuesday and said it involved a Boeing 737-700 aircraft with 143 passengers and five crew members.

The flight 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.

Thiel said a small fire was found in one engine and fuel was leaking.

Crew members alerted air traffic controllers that there were injured passengers.

The National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed there was one casualty - the first U.S. commercial flight casualty since 2013.

Eastern. Passengers exited the aircraft using air stairs.Please contact local emergency response officials for information on the condition of the passengers. "No, it's not on fire, but part of it's missing", she responds.

The National Transportation Safety Board is onsite inspecting a Southwest airline plane after engine failure caused the plane to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration says a flight from NY to Dallas made an emergency landing after the crew reported damage to one of the engines, as well as the fuselage and at least one window.

Passengers also posted photos on social media of the damaged plane.

Martinez did a brief Facebook Live posting while wearing an oxygen mask. A woman, sitting close to that window, was nearly taken out of the aeroplane and had to be taken back in.

"As the plane is going down, I am literally purchasing internet just so I can get some kind of communication to the outside world", he said. Tranchin said, given the circumstances, the flight crew did their best, but the situation was too much handle for many.

The N-T-S-B sent a team of investigators to Philadelphia.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it is taking over the investigation.

The Dallas-bound flight, which took off from New York's LaGuardia Airport at 10:43 a.m. Tuesday, was flying just south of Interstate 78 at an elevation of about 32,000 feet when, after just having passed over Route 183, it began its descent, according to FlightAware's track of the flight.

Philadelphia International Airport said the plane landed safely and that passengers were taken to the terminal. Flights are departing and arriving but passengers should expect delays.

CNN video showed the plane on the tarmac as rescue workers operated around it. Firefighting foam was visible on one side of the plane. "Emergency landing! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas!" he wrote, adding: "We are bracing for landing!"

The company said the type of engine on the Southwest plane was installed on more than 6700 planes and had flown more than 350 million hours since its introduction in 1997.




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