Woman ‘partially sucked out of plane window’ after engine explosion on Southwest flight

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.”

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.

Investigations are continuing.

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