One person died when a Southwest Airlines jet had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday after the left side engine blew. In announcing the death, the National Transportation Safety Board chief did not offer any further details, but the Philadelphia Inquirer earlier reported that at least one passenger appeared to have been injured as a result of shrapnel piercing the plane. And NBC10 quoted the father of one passenger who says that part of the engine broke a window, with scary consequences: "One passenger, a woman, was partially … was drawn out (of) the plane … was pulled back in by other passengers," said Todd Baur. Authorities have not confirmed the account. The Boeing 737-700 was en route from New York City's LaGuardia to Dallas with 149 people aboard.
Another passenger identified as Marty Martinez posted a video to Facebook during the ordeal: "Something is wrong with our plane!" he says. "It appears we are going down!" CNN reports that the emergency landing took about 15 minutes, and that the plane descended from 30,000 feet to 13,000 feet in five minutes. The official statement from Philadelphia International Airport: "Southwest Airlines flight 1380, which departed LaGuardia for Dallas Love Field (DAL), diverted to PHL because of an operational event. The plane landed safely. No slides were deployed. At this time, passengers are coming down a mobile stairway and are being bused to the terminal." CNN reports the FAA has issued a ground stop for planes at other airports waiting to depart for Philadelphia.