Trump to meet Southwest Airlines' crew that experienced engine explosion

02 May, 2018, 02:00 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed the "tremendous bravery" of the crew and passengers aboard a damaged Southwest Airlines plane that was forced into an emergency landing in Philadelphia last month, saying, "Everybody's talking about it".

Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 was headed from NY to Dallas with 149 people on board in April when it was forced to land in Philadelphia after an engine on the Boeing 737 exploded at 30,000 feet (9,144 metres). He also wanted to meet passengers who assisted other travelers.

Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old bank executive from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was pulled partway out of the jet when a window shattered. Needum and another passenger, retired nurse Peggy Phillips, began performing CPR.

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Numerous passengers on board called captain Tammie Jo Shults a hero. "We send our prayers to her husband and two children, and they grieve the loss of a loving wife and mother".

"Captain Shults, I especially want to commend you for your lifesaving actions".

Pilot Tammie Jo Shults, who has been widely praised as a hero for remaining calm under pressure in safely landing the plane carrying hundreds of passengers following the engine explosion, along with the crew who supported her, are among those expected for the Oval Office meeting.

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"We all feel we were simply doing our jobs", Shults and Ellisor said in a statement posted on the airline's social media pages.

Shults' expert handling of the emergency has drawn comparisons to the legendary "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who landed a disabled US Airways airline in the Hudson River in January 2009 after a bird strike.

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