43 year-old mother-of-two, Jennifer Riordan, who was on a business trip has died after the left engine of the plane she was traveling in exploded sending shrapnel flying into a window next to her seat at 32,000ft.
She was rushed to hospital after the flight from New York to Dallas made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport, but authorities confirmed she later died. The heroic pilot who calmly landed the Southwest Airlines flight has been identified as Tammie Jo Shults, a former Navy fighter pilot and one of the first women to fly an F-18. she quickly brought the Dallas-bound Southwest Flight 1380 to land at Philadelphia International after the explosion at 32,000ft. Schults was calm as she told Air Traffic Control: ‘So we have a part of the aircraft missing.’