One week ago (April 16), a horrifying and ultimately fatal incident occurred on a Southwest Airlines flight 1380. One of the plane’s engines exploded during the flight, and a result, a piece of shrapnel severely damaged one of the plane windows.
The damage was such that a woman, Jennifer Riordan, was partially sucked out of the window, and while the other passengers were able to bring her back into the plane, she tragically died from blunt impact trauma.
Riordan’s story, naturally, sent shockwaves around the world, as it seemed more like a scene from a Hollywood action thriller than a real-life plane. Unfortunately, like all vehicles, aircraft accidents are an occasional reality.
The staff at the charity United Way of Central New Mexico posted a statement on the company website, which reads:
“The staff and volunteers of United Way of Central New Mexico are deeply saddened by the loss of Jennifer Riordan of Wells Fargo. Jennifer cheerfully championed so many causes in our region and was a real force for good.
We’ve so many wonderful memories of Jennifer’s willingness to connect people to each other and our community to a better path. Jennifer served UWCNM most recently as a member of our Mission: Graduate Vision Council, but has served in many capacities over the years. She will be greatly missed.”
And the horrific incident which claimed Riordan’s life is not the first incident of its kind, and it certainly won’t be the last.
In fact, alarming footage from an Air India flight (see above) has shown how severe turbulence caused a window panel to break off mid-flight and left three passengers injured.
These passengers were taken to hospital as soon as they arrived in Delhi, an Air India spokesperson told local media.
One passenger had to get stitches after hitting their head on the overhead panel, while the other two had some minor injuries. “This was a freak high-level turbulence. AI and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing it,” an Air India spokesperson said.
Asian News International posted the footage, captioning it: “Air India flight from Amritsar to Delhi experienced severe turbulence and three passengers sustained minor injuries. A window panel also fell off.”
The flight actually took off less than 24 hours after the plane accident which resulted in Riordan’s death.
The traumatic and shocking incident left many passengers completely distraught and in tears.
Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) have now launched a probe into the incident.
The journey from Amritsar to Delhi was only supposed to last a half an hour, but the plane encountered severe turbulence moments after takeoff when the altitude was about 15,000 feet.
The tremors lasted approximately 10 to 12 minutes and footage taken by the passengers showed a flight attendant attempting to repair the damaged window panel.
The woman next to the window panel was hit directly on the head when it came off and can be seen reacting to the pain in the footage.
The flight attendant can also be seen trying her best to calm down the distressed passenger.
It’s not hard to imagine how totally and utterly alarming it must have been to be on that flight during the ordeal. Of course, we should always bear in mind that these kinds of accidents are rare and they will hopefully not deter anyone from traveling by plane in future.
We wish everyone affected by these two plane accidents all the best.