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.