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Serious damages were caused to the plane as the engine failed and an emergency landing forced

Mother-of-two Jennifer Riordan was pulled partway out of the plane when shrapnel shattered her window and the cabin began to depressurize, sucking her partway out of the plane. Seven others among the 144 passengers were injured.

Erin Muffoletto said Riordan was a fellow Chi Omega sorority sister whom she contacted during the economic crisis in 2008 as Muffoletto struggled to find steady employment. "And if you were saying, 'Jennifer, I'm struggling with this, ' she says, 'Well how can I help you?'" "The lady, the crew, everything, everybody was immaculate". "They were so professional in what they did to get us on the ground".

One passenger said the descent was "steady as a rock", while another praised Shults' "nerves of steel", The Associated Press reported.

"This fan blade was broken right at the hub, and our preliminary examination of this was there is evidence of metal fatigue where the blade separated", NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt said.

On Twitter, users shared articles on Shults celebrating her unique story and collected demeanor throughout the life-changing experience.

Asked if the plane was on fire, she said: 'Not on fire but part of it is missing. But part of it is missing. A woman was drawn toward the hole, the affiliate said, citing a relative of a passenger.

"If you can possibly imagine going through the window of an airplane at about 600mph and hitting either the fuselage or the wing with your body, with your face, then I think I can probably tell you there was significant trauma", Ms Phillips said.

The passengers on WN Flight 1380 thought this was their end.

Her mother-in-law, Virginia Shults, told The Post that as soon as she heard the pilot's voice on the radio transmission online, she said, "That is Tammie Jo".

"We pray for the repose of her soul and for her dear loved ones", church leaders said.

A native of New Mexico, she never lost the urge to fly and, after studying medicine in Kansas, applied to the Air Force.

Shults' husband, who's also a Southwest pilot, says she's the best pilot around, brother Gary Shults told reporters. Only about 450 women worldwide are airline captains-that is, commanding pilots who supervise all the other crew members on a flight, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. "He was tending to her", said Martinez, who was sitting a row or two away from the woman. She's a very caring, giving person who takes care of lots of people'. After her service, she became a Southwest pilot, joining the 6.2 percent of female commercial pilots in the United States.

Shults has spoken publicly in the past about opposition she faced as a woman in the male-dominated field of military aviation. She left the Navy in 1993 and now lives in the San Antonio area with her husband.

He was flying in a combat squadron, which Tammie Jo was prohibited from because she's a woman.

She served in the Navy for 10 years, reaching the rank of Navy lieutenant commander.

"Outside the aircraft, it's not a friendly place", said Richard Anderson, the director of the Eagle Flight Research Center at Embry-Riddle.

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