On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, a passenger flying with Southwest Airlines was killed after the Boeing 737 jet she was flying on was brutally ripped open due to a malfunction with an engine fan, breaking the hull of the plane, which caused Jennifer Riordan of New Mexico to become the first passenger of any commercial plane ride in the United States of America to pass away.
Seven other airline passengers reported having been injured, though none were injured seriously. Fellow passengers that were near Riordan brought her back fully within the plane and began to revive her. Unfortunately, those attempts were nothing more than failed attempts to bring her back to life.
According to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s medical examiner, she passed away due to trauma of the torso, neck, and head, caused by a haywire engine fan blade, something that very rarely happens in any plane ride, in any country, of any size.
Roughly twenty minutes after that plane took off, shrapnel, expected to have come from the engine on the side of the plane that Riordan was sitting on, caused about a hole in the cabin a little more than 13 inches long. In technical terms, that hole manifested itself in the fuselage, located directly above the left wing.
This, in turn, caused the entirety of the passenger cabin to decompress, which entered the Southwest Airlines plane ride into emergency mode, with attendants urging passengers to deploy their oxygen masks, and, even though they certainly weren’t asked to, most of the passengers screamed for their lives, according to reports. They were urged to brace for impact, even though the plane safely made an emergency landing at a nearby Philadelphia airport.
The engine on the Boeing 737 is technically called a CFM56-7B engine, of which are currently in use of roughly 8,000 Boeing 737 jets around planet Earth.