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.

Featured image by AP Photo/Corey Perrine

Know before you go.

News and deals straight to your inbox every day.

2018 TPG Award Winner: Mid-Tier Card of the Year
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card



CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.