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Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Philadelphia after engine blows out

  • The plane was on its way from New York to Dallas when it was forced to land
  • Passengers said one of the engines blew up and shrapnel flew into the aircraft
  • One person was taken to hospital and the extent of their injuries is unknown 
  • There were more than 100 passengers and crew on board at the time  

A Southwest Airlines flight has made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of its engines blew out. 

The plane had not long departed from LaGuardia Airport in New York City when it was forced to land. It was on its way to Dallas. 

One person has been taken to hospital but the extent of their injuries is not known. 

Passengers said they were injured by a piece of shrapnel which blew from the engine into the side of the plane and shattered one of the windows. 

This was the view from on board the Southwest Airlines flight of the blown-out engine after the plane made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport 

One of the plane's engines blew out not long after it had left LaGuardia Airport in New York City on Tuesday morning. The damaged engine is visible above after the plane had landed

One of the plane’s engines blew out not long after it had left LaGuardia Airport in New York City on Tuesday morning. The damaged engine is visible above after the plane had landed

In a statement, the airline said: ‘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.’ 

Terrified passengers shared videos and photos from on board before the plane landed.  One filmed himself as he fitted his oxygen mask. 

‘Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! 

‘Emergency landing!! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas!!’ Marty Martinez said as he broadcast live from the plane on Facebook.

Another passenger told CNN: ‘It was a stable landing. We started descending, made the turn back to Philadelphia. 

‘We were with one engine for maybe 10 minutes. 

‘We decreased altitude from 8,000 to 5,000 and then when we finally landed it was relatively smooth, kind of a typical landing so the crew and the pilots did a fantastic job.’ 

The faulty engine was almost entirely exposed after the plane had landed 

The faulty engine was almost entirely exposed after the plane had landed 

 

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