Passenger Sues Southwest, Claims PTSD After Blast on Flight

An Alaska Airlines flight declared an emergency after an oil filter bypass light came on mid-flight

An Alaska Airlines flight declared an emergency after an oil filter bypass light came on mid-flight

"He will thank the crewmembers who safely landed the damaged flight, and meet with the passengers who heroically assisted their fellow passengers", White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement.

Southwest Airlines Co. was sued by a passenger who witnessed the "horror" when an exploding engine part shattered a cabin window 20 minutes into a flight from New York-LaGuardia airport.

Trump, in a meeting in the Oval Office, praised the response of pilot Tammie Jo Shults, who steered the plane to safety on April 17 after an engine explosion blew out a window, killing passenger Jennifer Riordan.

Flight 1380 was headed from NY to Dallas last month when an engine on the Boeing 737 exploded at 30,000 feet. They include firefighter Andrew Needum, ranch worker Tim McGinty, and nurse Peggy Phillips.

Trump later addressed the death of Jennifer Riordan, a New Mexico bank executive who was killed after being almost sucked out the flight heading to Dallas from NY on April 17.

President Trump said they responded with "tremendous bravery". "We send out prayers to Jennifer's husband and their two handsome young children". However, she and first officer Darren Ellisor, who were hailed by passengers as "heroes", released a statement to convey their thanks and gratitude in the aftermath of the accident. Passengers said that Shults walked through the aisle and talked with them to make sure they were all right. You drew from years of training and safety and you knew how to land that plane.

"Tammie really did an incredible job", he said.

"We salute you and every member of this crew".

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