President Donald Trump is meeting the crew and passengers of a Southwest Airlines flight forced into an emergency landing in Philadelphia after an engine exploded, damaging the fuselage and critically injuring a passenger who was partially sucked out of a window broken by shrapnel. "He will thank the crewmembers who safely landed the damaged flight, and meet with the passengers who heroically assisted their fellow passengers", White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement.
An engine on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 exploded and debris hit the plane.
The plane left LaGuardia Airport on the morning of April 17 with 144 passengers aboard.
Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old bank executive from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was pulled partway out of the jet when a window shattered. Efforts by a nurse to save Riordan's life were unsuccessful. Shultz was one of the first female fighter pilot in Navy history and has also said flying is her way of witnessing God firsthand. The incident killed one passenger and injured seven others, authorities said.
"Captain Shultz, I especially want to commend you for your lifesaving actions... they'll be talking about it for a long time", Trump said.
Flight attendants were "brave, composed and helpful" throughout the ordeal, William Madison, 56, told USA TODAY. She waved off accolades, saying it sometimes was easier to be the pilot than a passenger. "I thought, hot damn, that might be the coolest woman I have ever seen".
Southwest has declined to discuss pending litigation.