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One Passenger Dead on Southwest Flight

One passenger is killed and another one was nearly sucked out the plane window of Southwest Airlines plane today.

The fatality of the Southwest Airline flight with 149 passengers on board which was forced to an emergency landing in Philadelphia today was the first one in a U.S. commercial aviation accident since 2009.

After the engine explosion on the plane’s left side, a shattered window caused cabin depressurization that nearly pulled out a passenger.

“A woman was partially, drawn out of the plane but fortunately pulled back in by other passengers,” Todd Bauer told NBC’s affiliate in Philadelphia.

The plane captain, Tammy Jo Shults told air traffic controllers in audio, “We have a part of the aircraft missing, so we’re going to need to slow down a bit.”

Asked by a controller if the jet was on fire, Shults responds it was not.

“The entire Southwest Airlines Family is devastated and extends its deepest, heartfelt sympathy to the customers, employees, family members and loved ones affected by this tragic event,” Southwest said in a statement.

Reported for Reuter by Mark Makela

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