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West Aircraft makes emergency landing in Philadelphia

West Aircraft makes emergency landing in Philadelphia

A Southwest Airlines plane flying from NY to Dallas had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday morning after one of its engines malfunctioned, according to a passenger.

The Boeing 737-700 had 144 passengers and five crew members onboard as it headed from NY to Dallas, according to the airline.

Video from the scene shows the plane on the tarmac surrounded by emergency vehicles.

Representatives from the National Transportation Safety Board sending a team to investigate the incident further, while Southwest Airline representatives said they are also investigating.

There has been "one fatality", said Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

The pilot of the plane, a twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from NY to Dallas with 149 people aboard, took it into a rapid descent and made an emergency landing in Philadelphia as passengers using oxygen masks that dropped from the ceiling said their prayers and braced for impact.

"We were probably going down for 10 to 15 minutes", he said.

A Southwest Airlines plane has made an emergency landing at Philadelphia's airport with what appears to be a damaged engine.

The plane, which was en route from NY to Dallas, landed at PHL around 11 a.m.

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A Southwest jetliner made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after an engine blew out, forcing the suspension of flights in and out of the airport.

Passenger Marty Martinez filmed a Facebook Live video on board the Southwest Airlines flight.

Seven other people were treated for minor injuries, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said. "Felt like one of the engines went out". The crew of the plane reported that it suffered damage to its fuselage and at least one window, according to the FAA.

"I just remember holding my husband's hand, and we just prayed and prayed and prayed", said passenger Amanda Bourman, of NY.

"We have a part of the aircraft missing", the pilot said over the radio, requesting paramedics meet the plane on the tarmac to assist injured passengers. She said the plane was fairly quiet because everyone was wearing a mask. Flight attendants ran over calling for passengers to help cover the hole as they broke down and began uncontrollably crying and looking horrified as they looked outside. "We started dropping", Tranchin said. "If anyone wants to start a GoFundMe to get Ubers and Lyfts to take us back to Dallas, that would be incredible", Tranchin said. "Thankful to God, thankful to that pilot".

Other passengers were reportedly led off with crutches by firefighters.

A spokeswoman for PHL said the flight, Flight 1380, was diverted to Philadelphia due to an "operational event", per 6ABC. It was scheduled to arrive at Love Field in Dallas at 1:45 p.m.

Bourman said she was seated near the back and was asleep when she heard a loud noise and oxygen masks dropped.

The emergency landing came less than 24 hours after a United Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Dover Air Force Base to fix a mechanical problem.


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