'I Thought We Were Goners'

Passenger describe terror on Flight 1380
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2018 6:56 AM CDT
Updated Apr 19, 2018 7:04 AM CDT

(Newser) – Passengers say they went through 22 minutes of terror after an engine blew on a Southwest Airlines 737-700 Tuesday, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Some say they prayed and tried to comfort those around them as the oxygen masks fell amid a steep descent. Other say they tried to frantically to buy Internet time to send a last message to loved ones. One passenger died after being partially sucked out of a window knocked out by shrapnel. At least seven others were injured. "I grabbed my wife’s hand and I started praying: 'Dear Jesus, send some angels. Just save us from this,'" pastor Timothy Bourman tells the New York Times. "I thought we were goners." In other developments:

  • Engine inspections. The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered the inspection of engine fan blades on Boeing 737s, the AP reports. Investigators say a blade that snapped off due to metal fatigue appears to have been the cause of Tuesday's incident—and of another engine failure on a Southwest 737 in 2016. Manufacturer CFM International recommended in June last year that airlines inspect the fan blades on 737s, but the FAA never issued a final decision on making the inspections mandatory.

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