A woman has died after a woman was almost sucked out of a plane window during an emergency landing in Philadelphia.
The Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines flight with 149 people on board engine failure, forcing an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport.
After an engine on the plane's left side blew, it threw off shrapnel, shattering a window and causing cabin depressurisation that nearly pulled out a female passenger, witnesses told local television station NBC-10.
"A woman was partially, was drawn out of the plane and pulled back in by other passengers; she was the one that was injured," Todd Bauer, whose daughter was on the flight, told the station.
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NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt told a news briefing that one person had been killed, but declined to elaborate. The fatality was a passenger, according to Southwest chief Gary Kelly.
"We are deeply saddened to confirm that there is one fatality resulting from this accident. 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.
Passengers have described the horrifying scene:
"Everybody was going crazy, and yelling and screaming," passenger Marty Martinez told CNN.
He said objects flew out of the hole where the window had exploded, and "passengers right next to her were holding onto (the woman being pulled out). And meanwhile, there was blood all over this man's hands. He was tending to her."