Southwest say’s your safety comes first.
This last weekend a flight from Florida has people crying, screaming and praying when their flight tried to land in a storm in Louisiana. The pilot the passengers called a hero, diverted, landed in Panama City and waited out the storm.
Sources tell FOX 29 that one passenger is in critical condition with head trauma and nine others are injured. It is not yet known if those nine are being hospitalized.
Southwest said there were 143 passengers and five crew members on board the Boeing 737, which was headed from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas’ Love Field. Passengers were seen walking off the plane onto the tarmac at the airport after landing around 11:20 a.m.
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The emergency landing happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday.
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Action News is told Southwest Flight 1380 left LaGuardia Airport in New York City and was en route for Dallas when something went wrong with the plane and it was diverted to Philadelphia International.
Photos taken by passengers from inside the cabin and posted on social media showed what appeared to be significant damage to the jet, with part of the covering from its left engine ripped off and a window damaged.
Video from Chopper 6 showed similar damage.
The Boeing 737 jet was carrying 143 passengers and five crew members.
Passenger Marty Martinez did a brief Facebook Live posting with the caption “Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing!! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas!!”
Women partially sucked out of aircraft but pulled back in by fellow passengers!!!
Serious engine failure, parts of which flew back into cabin.
— elijah colt (@ElijahColt) April 17, 2018
Horrible news on flight 1380 today. What was alarming is this photo posted of passengers who clearly did not know how to properly put on the oxygen mask!
REALLY, PEOPLE…. pay attention to the flight attendants giving instructions on this! #StillLoveSWA #SouthwestAirlines pic.twitter.com/X1b84Pl9TD
— PROUD AMERICAN (@AFMom) April 17, 2018
Tracking data from FlightAware.com shows the flight was heading west over New York’s southern tier when it abruptly turned toward Philadelphia.
Here is a look at the flight path for #Southwest1380 .. You can see the plane DROP a few thousand feet in minutes and turn SE back toward #Philadelphia ..Issue likely occurred over eastern PA https://t.co/nwkB9E897l @FOX29philly @MaryannVaughn pic.twitter.com/DQpeeppsC8
— Mike Masco (@MikeMasco) April 17, 2018
There was no immediate, official word what forced the landing, which was described as “safe.”
The airport released the following statement shortly after 12 p.m.:
Southwest Airlines flight 1380, which departed LaGuardia for Dallas Love Field (DAL) , diverted to PHL because of an operational event. The plane landed safely. No slides were deployed. At this time, passengers are coming down a mobile stairway and are being bussed to the terminal. PHL Flights continue to arrive and depart but passengers should expect delays.
Numerous firefighting vehicles were seen surrounding the jet on the tarmac.
A large amount of fluid, possibly jet fuel, was seen under and trailing behind the left side of the plane.
First 20sec, you can see blood on window belt
RT @CNN: Video shows what appears to be a blown-out window and shredded engine on Southwest Flight 1380 at Philadelphia International Airport.
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Firefighters were seen helping passengers from the plane.
Southwest Airlines issued the following statement before 12:30 p.m.:
We are aware that Southwest flight #1380 from New York La Guardia (LGA) to Dallas Love Field (DAL) has diverted to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). We are in the process of transporting Customers and Crew into the terminal. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-700, has 143 Customers and five Crew members onboard. We are in the process of gathering more information. Safety is always our top priority at Southwest Airlines, and we are working diligently to support our Customers and Crews at this time.
“We are in the process of gathering more information,” Southwest said in a statement. “Safety is always our top priority, and we are working diligently to support our Customers and Crews at this time.”
Southwest has about 700 planes, all of them 737s, including more than 500 737-700s like the one involved in Tuesday’s emergency landing.