After Deadly Flight, Southwest Passengers Will Get $5K

Airline also will give them $1K travel vouchers after jet engine fatally injures woman
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 20, 2018 3:42 PM CDT
In this April 17 photo provided by Marty Martinez, Martinez, left, appears with other passengers after a jet engine blew out on their Southwest Airlines flight.   (Marty Martinez via AP, File)

(Newser) – Southwest is sending a letter of apology, a $5,000 check, and a $1,000 travel voucher to passengers who were on a flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia following an engine explosion. Chairman Gary Kelly says in the letter that the money is to help cover any "immediate financial needs," per the AP. An engine on a Southwest jet exploded Tuesday, and debris hit the plane. Banker Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, 43, was fatally injured when she was sucked partway out of the jet through a shattered window. (Images from the plane show that passengers were not using their oxygen masks correctly.)

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