The Philadelphia Fire Department said firefighters found a fuel leak and a small fire in one of the plane's two engines. Oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling, and passengers prayed and braced for impact.
Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester said: "Our hearts go out to the family of Jennifer Riordan, who lost her life yesterday, April 17, during the tragic plane accident".
He turned to his wife, Stephanie.
"I feel for her family, her two kids, her husband, the community they live in".
"What took place back there I'm gonna leave, out of respect for her family, I'm gonna leave that alone", Mr Needum said.
"We heard a loud noise and the plane started shaking like nothing I've ever experienced before. And I felt moved to act".
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Firefighter Andrew Needum of Celina, Texas, was emotional Thursday morning as he recalled the horrifying moments after the engine exploded in mid-air on Southwest Flight 1380. "A guy helped, we got her pulled in".
A nurse began administering CPR.
Shults immediately diverted the plane to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.
Philips said stepping up to help "comes from being a registered nurse for over 20 years" and is "just what we do". In the words of pilot Tammie Jo Schults, whose icy-cool audio has captured the internet's attention, the aircraft was "not on fire, but part of it's missing".
"She asked if anybody was sitting there, would it be okay if she say there, and I said sure".
Seven others were injured in the incident but all other passengers made it off of the plane without serious injuries. "Today, Albuquerque lost a thoughtful leader who has always been part of the fabric of our community", mayor Tim Keller said Tuesday.
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Sumwalt said the FDR information indicated that the flight crew elected to land with flaps five, as opposed to the normal setting of flaps 30 or flaps 40, which the pilots used because they were concerned of aircraft controllability issues.
With the plane flying at about 885km per hour, Ms Riordan probably died instantly.
A federal investigator says that a crack on the interior of a jet engine is what led to the failure that shot debris at the plane, leading to the death of a passenger.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Riordan's family announced the founding of a memorial website, The Jennifer Riordan Memorial Trust, where people who are interested can support causes that were important to Riordan and help the family meet financial needs after the traumatic event.
Tragically, passenger Jennifer Riordan was pulled halfway out of the broken window by force.
NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said in his first briefing regarding Southwest Flight 1380 that the engine showed "signs of metal fatigue".
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When that blade broke away at the fan's hub, it carried with it parts of the engine cowling and related engine parts. Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico, described her as "an incredible woman who put her family and community first".