Wells Fargo Exec, Mom of 2 Died in Engine Explosion on Southwest Flight
A Wells Fargo executive from New Mexico was identified as the passenger who was killed Tuesday when the engine of a Southwest Airlines jet exploded mid-flight.
Jennifer Riordan, an Albuquerque native, was partially sucked out of the window that was blown out by shrapnel from the explosion aboard Flight 1380.
Two passengers raced to Riordan's seat and pulled her back in, but she did not survive her injuries aboard the Boeing twin-engine 737.
"We got her pulled in and they tried to resuscitate her," recalled Tim McGinty, one of the passengers.
Riordan, a 43-year-old mother of two, was on her way home from a business trip to New York.
“The Wells Fargo family is saddened to learn of the death of our friend and colleague Jennifer Riordan – a Community Relations leader in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was a well-known leader who was loved and respected. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Out of respect for the family and their privacy, we’ve nothing more to share at this time," the bank said in a statement.
#BREAKING: We've learned an Albuquerque woman died when a Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine at about 30,000 feet, causing shrapnel to smash a window and damage the fuselage.https://t.co/LV27fBhbTQ
— KOB 4 (@KOB4) April 17, 2018
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said there were no problems with the plane or its engine when it was inspected on Sunday.
The National Transportation Safety Board said "metal fatigue" may have caused one of the engine's fan blades to come off.
Former Navy pilot Tammie Jo Shults is being applauded for her deft maneuvering of the aircraft after the explosion at 30,000 feet, landing the plane in Philadelphia.
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