The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed that one passenger on board Flight 1380 died after Tuesday morning’s engine failure required an emergency landing in Philadelphia (PHL).
NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt gave a brief live report at 3:00pm on April 17, saying, “As far as injuries, we do have information that there was one fatality.” He gave no further details on which passenger had died. Sumwalt also said that the engine will be examined in detail as part of the investigation to discover what went wrong. Investigators are currently classifying the incident up to engine failure.
He said it could ultimately be classified as an uncontained engine failure, though that is a technical term that depends on where, precisely, the parts that left the engine originated from.
A former Boeing 737 pilot, Sumwalt said he had never experienced anything like this himself, although the NTSB sees “three or four” uncontained engine failures a year, not all involving US carriers. Sumwalt referenced Air France Flight 66, which made an emergency landing in Canada on September 30, 2017, after one of the A380’s engines failed over the Atlantic.
Passenger Sarah Eamigh told CNN, “The captain was able to recover the plane quite fast. However, we were definitely nervous because the vibrating was probably occurring a good five to eight minutes. And then the captain basically 10 to 15 minutes after provided an announcement stating that we had a small engine explosion.”
CNN previously reported that one passenger was taken to the hospital in critical condition, while seven others were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
The fatality is the first death on board a US airline in nine years.
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