"I commend the pilots who safely landed the aircraft, and the crew and fellow passengers who provided support and care for the injured, preventing what could have been far worse".
"Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 landed at Philadelphia International Airport this morning after the crew reported damage to one of the aircraft's engines, as well as the fuselage and at least one window.The aircraft, which departed from New York LaGuardia Airport, diverted to Philadelphia, where it landed at 11:20 a.m".
Eyewitnesses onboard say the jet "violently depressurised" when a piece of the engine flew into and broke a window. A woman, sitting close to that window, was nearly taken out of the aeroplane and had to be taken back in.
He said "everyone was screaming" as people scrambled to try and help.
"Flight attendants rushed up".
Another passenger, Eric Zilbert, an administrator with the California Education Department, said: "From her waist above, she was outside of the plane". We started dropping, ' he told ABC News. She was out of the plane.
The men were able to pull the woman back in and performed CPR on her, Adams said.
"We were probably going down for 10 or 15 minutes". She also said that there was a hole in the plane and that she was told "someone went out".
Passengers commended one of the pilots for her cool-headed handling of the emergency. As passengers, we weren't sure if they were trying to cover up the hole, but the plane smelled like smoke.
The death is the first fatality on a US passenger airline in more than nine years, said National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt at a press conference. Boeing said it is providing technical assistance in the investigation. The deceased passenger has not been identified.
Passengers on board the flight have been sharing dramatic photos and video of the event.
This is the first United States accident death on a Boeing 737 aircraft since September 1994. The fatality was a passenger, according to Southwest Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly.
Before Tuesday, Southwest had never had an accident-related fatality of a passenger, although a boy died in 2006 when a Southwest jet skidded off a runway at Chicago's Midway Airport, crashed through a fence and collided with the boy's family's auto.
"I am immensely grateful there are no other reports of injuries but truly this is a tragic loss", he said. No injuries were reported, but the plane sustained extensive damage similar to what happened Tuesday: the engine's inlet was torn away revealing additional damage to the fuselage, wing, winglet and tail stabilizer.
"I imagine it was a hard flight", Thiel said in what fliers would likely call a gross understatement. The airport said the plane had landed "safely" and that passengers were being brought into the terminal. No other details about that.