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Southwest plane engine explodes mid-flight, woman partially sucked out of plane but pulled back in by passengers: reports

A Southwest airplane engine exploded mid-flight on Tuesday, and the plane made an emergency landing. (Amanda Bourman/Instagram)
April 17, 2018
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UPDATE, 3:23 p.m. EST: A federal investigator said one person has died after the Southwest plane’s emergency landing in Philadelphia. No further details were available at this time.

One person was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition, and seven others are being treated for minor injuries, the Philadelphia fire chief told the Associated Press.

A Southwest plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday after one of the plane’s engine’s exploded during the flight and the cabin depressurized.

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One passenger, Marty Martinez, took video of the terrifying moments the oxygen masks were released, and also posted several photos on Facebook.

Here is the video:

Martinez took photos of the window where a female passenger was reportedly partially sucked out of the plane, but passengers were able to pull her back in.

Southwest Flight 1830 had left LaGuardia airport in New York and was en route to Dallas when the incident took place around 11:30 a.m.

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It’s being reported that a piece of shrapnel from the explosion shattered a window and a female passenger was partially sucked out of the plane.

The father of the female passenger reported that she was partially sucked out of the plane when the cabin depressurized, but passengers were able to pull her back in, according to reports.

Passengers posted photos of the plane after the emergency landing.

Here is another shot:

Southwest Airlines tweeted a statement acknowledging the incident.

No information was immediately available as to why the engine exploded. There will be an investigation.

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