Listen to the Conversation Between ATC and Southwest Pilot Before Emergency Landing

Apr 18, 2018

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Tuesday’s incident involving a Southwest 737’s engine failing, requiring an emergency landing at Philadelphia (PHL) left one passenger dead and seven injured. After taking off from New York’s LaGuardia (LGA), bound for Dallas (DAL), Southwest Flight 1380 experienced an engine issue, sending shrapnel toward the fuselage and shattering a window, partially sucking a passenger outside.

The flight’s pilot, Tammie Jo Shults, a Navy veteran, handled the landing of the aircraft at PHL, where it was met by emergency crews. Now, recording of the communication between Shults and PHL Air Traffic Control has been released. In it, you can hear Shults extreme calm nature, even when describing that “there is a hole and someone went out.”

Both Shults and Air Traffic Control remained calm through the duration of the conversation. The experience fits the narrative that several passengers on board said that crew seemed like they knew what they were doing and remained incredibly calm.

Since the aircraft landed on Tuesday, the NTSB released its preliminary findings that the engine showed “metal fatigue.”

Featured image by Mario Gutiérrez / Getty Images.

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