Donald Trump To Meet With Occupents Of Deadly Southwest Airlines Flight

Glen Norman
May 2, 2018

US President Donald Trump welcomed to the White House on Tuesday (May 1) the pilot of a Southwest Airlines jet which lost an engine in flight and praised the "incredible job" she did in landing the stricken plane.

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.

The former Navy fighter pilot has kept a low profile, eschewing media requests but issuing a statement alongside first officer Darren Ellisor, who was also in attendance Tuesday. "We're very, very proud of them". "We send our prayers to her husband and two children, and they grieve the loss of a loving wife and mother".

"She must've been a fantastic woman", Trump added. She died later from her injuries. Shrapnel damaged the fuselage and broke the window. The passenger, Lilia Chavez, says in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Philadelphia that she sat three seats behind the shattered window and witnessed "the horror" of what happened to Riordan.

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating what caused the engine to fail. They're still talking about it.

Shults managed to safely land the plane, which had 149 people on board, in Philadelphia.

The White House said Trump wants to thank Tammie Joe Shults, the captain of Flight 1380, First Officer Darren Ellisor and the three flight attendants aboard the Dallas-bound flight out of NY that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt has said a crack on a blade inside the engine led to the failure that blew debris at the aircraft.

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