Passengers Weren't Using Oxygen Masks Correctly

The masks are supposed to cover the nose as well as the mouth
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2018 1:27 PM CDT
Updated Apr 19, 2018 1:55 PM CDT
This photo shows passengers aboard Tuesday's flight improperly placing oxygen masks on their faces, putting their lives at risk.   (Marty Martinez via AP, File)
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(Newser) – The first passenger fatality on a US airline in almost a decade seems unimaginable: Witnesses say 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan of New Mexico was partially sucked out of a Southwest Airlines plane Tuesday—she later died—when an engine exploded, smashing a window in her row. While rare, this kind of thing has actually happened before. Details and developments:

  • Previous times: In one case, an Aloha Airlines flight attendant was sucked out of the plane when a hole opened in its roof in April 1988, reports the Washington Post. A year later, nine passengers were sucked from a United Airlines flight in “an explosive decompression,” according to the NTSB's report.

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