President Trump thanks Southwest Airlines flight crew, passengers for their heroism


President Donald Trump has praised the actions of the crew and passengers on a damaged Southwest Airlines flight, saying they showed "great character".

A first lawsuit has been filed by a passenger on Southwest Airlines flight 1380, which killed one person after a mid-air engine explosion on April 18.

Numerous passengers on board called captain Tammie Jo Shults a hero. "We send our prayers to Jennifer's husband and their two lovely young children".

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Around 11:20 a.m., the plane landed in Philadelphia to applause from passengers who informed their friends and families by phone that they were OK.

"She must've been a fantastic woman", Trump added. The lawsuit alleges that the traumatic events of Flight 1380 left Chavez suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other personal injuries.

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Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said at a news conference that the twin-engine 737 had been inspected two days before the incident. The passenger, Lilia Chavez, says in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Philadelphia that she sat three seats behind the shattered window and witnessed "the horror" of what happened to Riordan.

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating what caused the window to break and what caused the metal fatigue in the area where a fan blade broke off from one of the plane's engines.

Her family said the doctor recommended that the plane land at a nearby airport in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but the pilot flew on to Dallas after consulting with another doctor. They're still talking about it.

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Once on the ground, Shults, a Texan and former Navy fighter pilot, walked up and down the aisle hugging passengers. Other passengers pulled her back inside the cabin and tried to revive her.