Southwest Pilot Was As Cool As A Cucumber During Engine Failure

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The Southwest pilot who had to land her plane after an engine failure was shockingly cool, calm, and collected as she placed various calls to air traffic control.


One of the plane’s engines exploded and detached in midair, with some of the engine parts smashing open a window. A passenger was partially sucked out of the open window and later died from severe head trauma, and other passengers were injured.

However, the pilot in charge of the plane, Tammie Jo Shults, sounded like she was totally in control as she planned her emergency landing.

Shults was formerly a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy.

“Southwest 1380, we’re single engine,” Shults said over the radio. “We have part of the aircraft missing, so we’re going to need to slow down a bit.”

“We’ve got injured passengers,” she said.

“No, it’s not on fire, but part of it’s missing,” Shults said when asked if the plane was on fire. “They said there’s a hole, and uh, someone went out.”

Passengers later praised Shults’ “nerves of steel” and said she helped keep them calm throughout the ordeal.

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