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Some extremely tragic news today after one passenger lost their life, after a Southwest Airlines flight from New York (LGA) to Dallas Love Field made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after the left engine failed onboard the Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
It’s unclear what caused the engine failure at this time, however a full investigation is in the process of being launched to determine what went array. This was the first fatality in the US commercial industry in the past nine years according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Per Southwest Airlines,
Southwest confirms an accident involving Flight #1380. The flight made an emergency diversion to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) earlier today after the Crew reported issues with the number one engine which resulted in damage to the fuselage.
We are deeply saddened to confirm that there is one fatality resulting from this accident. The entire Southwest Airlines Family is devastated and extends its deepest, heartfelt sympathy to the Customers, Employees, Family Members, and loved ones affected by this tragic event. We have activated our Emergency Response Team and are deploying every resource to support those affected by this tragedy.
The aircraft involved today was a Boeing 737-700 (N772SW) and was enroute from New York LaGuardia (LGA) to Dallas Love Field (DAL). In total, the flight had 144 Customers and five Southwest Crew Members onboard. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to our Pilots and Flight Attendants who acted professionally and swiftly to take care of our Customers during the emergency diversion and landing.
Finally, Southwest Airlines officials are in direct contact with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support an immediate, coordinated response to this accident. Southwest is in the process of gathering additional information regarding Flight # 1380 and will fully cooperate in an investigative process.
Please join the Southwest Family in keeping all of those affected by today’s tragedy in your thoughts.
Our hearts are with the family of the passenger who passed away due to this incident today. Words cannot express the sorrow that the family must be going through.