Airliner incident: Exploding engine in flight out of LaGuardia, major damage; 1 dead, 7 injured

Airliner incident: Exploding engine in flight out of LaGuardia, major damage; 1 dead, 7 injured
Damaged engine from Southwest flight 17 Apr 2018. (Image: Screen grab of CBS News video)

[Ed. – We don’t know enough yet to comment.  Odds would be this was an accident as opposed to any kind of sabotage.  We’ll see what the airline and NTSB come up with.]

One passenger died and seven others were injured Tuesday morning when a Southwest Airlines plane flying from New York to Dallas apparently blew an engine in midair, sending smoke into the cabin and forcing an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

The flight was carrying five crew members and 144 passengers, some of whom described hearing a loud boom mid-flight before a window blew out, and the smoke-filled plane suddenly felt as if it dropped in the air.

“Everybody knew something’s going on — ‘This is bad, like really bad,’” passenger Timothy Bourman, a 37-year-old pastor from Queens, NY said in a phone interview from the terminal as emergency personnel surrounded the plane on a runway at Philadelphia International Airport. “A lot of people started panicking and yelling, just real scared.”

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