Southwest Airlines hero pilot texted friend 'God is good' after landing


"We all feel we were simply doing our jobs", she said in conjunction with the flight's First Officer, Darren Ellisor in a joint statement on the official Southwest Airlines Twitter account.

Needum was traveling with his family back to Dallas after a trip to NY when an engine blew up mid-flight and shattered a window, depressurizing the cabin and partially sucking passenger Jennifer Riordan out of the cabin. Specifically, engines with more than 30,000 total cycles from new must complete inspections within 20 days.

Needum, who has been described as a hero for his efforts to save Riordan, said he was helping a young woman with an infant in her lap put on their masks when he heard a commotion six or seven rows behind him.

To Ms Mackey, it was a "godsend" when fellow passengers Tim McGinty and Andrew Needum tugged Ms Riordan's body back inside the cabin. Another passenger, Amanda Bourman who was from NY said that she closed her eyes and just held her husband's hand tightly. And the little girl next to me also tried to pull with me, and we tried to pull her back in, and we couldn't. NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt said the crack was not detectable from the outside.

Shults, a devoted churchgoer and mother-of-two who lives with her family in San Antonio, has made a career out of defying the odds. "She served at the Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ-34) in Point Mugu, Calif., as an instructor pilot flying the EA-6B Prowler and F/A-18 Hornet", Sears said.

The Boeing 737 was headed to Dallas with 144 passengers and five crew members.

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"We have part of the aircraft missing ..."

Before the plane landed, the pilot asked the air traffic controller to send medics to meet it on the tarmac. "We've got injured passengers".

"So I had clicked my seat belt back on and I was going to get something out of my bag. They said there's a hole and that someone went out", the pilot responded.

"Like many of our alumni, Tammie Jo Shults exemplifies all that MNU is about", MNU Director of Alumni Kevin Garber said in a statement.

"I know he didn't even think twice about rendering aid to others after securing his family's safety", said Teena Marks.

"While we at that time had an exclusion, she was in fact helping male pilots hone their skills", Flanders said. "She comforted everyone. She's an fantastic person".