A Southwest Airlines flight heading from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas was forced to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday after experiencing engine issues.
One passenger, whose name has not yet been released, was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in critical condition and later died, according to investigators. Seven others who sustained minor injuries on board were treated at the scene.
Marty Martinez, who was also aboard Flight 1380, took to social media after the incident to share photos of the severe damage sustained by the aircraft, which included a damaged left engine and one blown-out window.
“Flight 1380 From NYC to Dallas crash landed in Philly,” he wrote. “Engine exploded in the air and blew open window 3 seats away from me. Explosion fatally (critically, not sure her status) injured woman sitting in the seat next to the window. Oxygen masked deployed…”
Todd Baur, the father of another passenger on the flight, told KNTV that he believes a piece of the Boeing 737’s engine smashed through one of its windows, causing the cabin to depressurize.
Baur also told the outlet that a female passenger was partially “drawn out” of the broken window before being “pulled back in by other passengers.” It is unclear if the woman described by Baur was the sole fatality of the incident.
The airline released a statement following the accident.
“Southwest Airlines flight 1380, which departed LaGuardia for Dallas Love Field, diverted to PHL because of an operational event. The plane landed safely. No slides were deployed.”