One person has died and several others have been left injured after a Southwest Airlines plane engine exploded during a flight in the US.
The jet’s left engine blew shortly after taking off from New York’s La Guardia Airport, with shrapnel from the explosion causing a window to shatter.
It’s reported a woman was partially sucked out of the shattered window, with passengers forced to pull her back inside the aircraft before the pilot made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport.
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Todd Bauer, the father of one of the passengers told WACU: “One passenger, a woman, was partially … was drawn out towards the out of the plane … was pulled back in by other passengers.”
— Doug Dunbar (@cbs11doug) April 17, 2018
Authorities are yet to confirm if the person that has died was the woman who was partially sucked out of the window.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Southwest Airlines said there were 143 passengers on board, along with five crew members.
Update on Flight #1380: pic.twitter.com/JhwVlUBeia
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) April 17, 2018
Investigations are continuing.