Trump Honors Hero Southwest Pilot At White House


Amber Athey Podcast Columnist
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President Donald Trump honored Tuesday the heroic crew and pilot who landed the Southwest Airlines plane that lost an engine.


Trump paid tribute to Jennifer Riordan at the White House. Riordan was the one passenger who died during the incident after being sucked out of a broken window, asserting that he would be praying for her husband and children.

The president went on to talk about Tammie Jo Shultz, the pilot who was able to land the plane safely despite the technical failures. Shultz was one of the first female fighter pilot in Navy history and has also said flying is her way of witnessing God firsthand.

“Captain Shultz, I especially want to commend you for your lifesaving actions… they’ll be talking about it for a long time,” Trump said. “I understand you were one of the first women ever to fly tactical fighter aircraft in the United States Navy. You drew from years of training and safety and you knew how to land that plane. We salute you and every member of this crew.”

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