New Information on Deadly Southwest Flight
By Isabel Indresano 4/23/2018
Passenger Jennifer Riordan’s death on a Southwest Airlines flight to Dallas was the result of blunt impact trauma to her neck, head, and torso. The death was ruled as accidental according to a report Wednesday from a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. CBS News reports that Riordan was wearing her seat belt when nearly half her body was sucked out of the plane window.
Other passengers were able to pull her back into the plane through the broken window, though critical injuries were already sustained at that point. Witnesses say passengers aboard the aircraft tried to revive her while she was in cardiac arrest.
Federal investigators also reported that the fatal explosion was the result of a crack in the engine. Southwest says the aircraft was inspected three days prior to the incident, but the maintenance history is being reviewed by the National Transportation Safety Board.