One person has been killed after a Southwest Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after the jet’s engine exploded west of the city and caused depressurization in the cabin.
Authorities did not immediately detail who may have been killed. A woman was reportedly pulled partway out of the plane after a piece of shrapnel from the engine smashed into the plane. One individual was taken to the hospital, while as many as seven others were treated for minor injuries.
The plane landed safely after the incident, and firefighters could be seen responding to the scene while some people excited the aircraft on crutches. The National Transportation Safety Board, which was dispatched following the emergency landing, later said that investigators were looking into the matter as an “engine failure” event.
Passenger Marty Martinez, who posted a video showing passengers with oxygen masks as the plane descended, later told CBS News that “there was blood everywhere.”
“First there was an explosion, and then, almost immediately, the oxygen masks came down and probably within a matter of 10 seconds the engine hit a window and busted it wide open,” Mr Martinez continued.