The Philadelphia International Airport tweeted that the FAA has issued a ground stop for planes at other airports scheduled to leave for PHL.
Southwest passenger Kristopher Johnson just spoke to CNN and recounted his experience on the plane that landed at Philadelphia airport moments ago.
Here’s what he said:
We were leaving LaGuardia heading to Dallas. We were west of Philadelphia probably about 30,000 feet, and all of a sudden we just heard this loud bang, rattling and then it felt like one of the engines went out. The oxygen masks dropped and flight attendants did a good job. The pilot came on and said we’re diverting to Philadelphia and, you know, there was a serious medical injury. I don’t know much about that, but I was sitting in the front. With a couple passengers. We just got the mask on and as soon as we landed, we were thankful. The pilots did a great job, the crew did a great job. They got us down to Philly, and that’s when I took the photo of the engine, and it appeared that it just shredded the left side engine completely. So we were coming down — we dropped probably from 30,000 feet to 25,000 feet, and then the pilot kind of regained control and brought it down safely to Philadelphia. So we got off the plane and onto buses and we’re trying to head over to the tarmac in Philly.
He added: “It was pretty scary, but the pilots did a great job.”
The Southwest flight that was diverted due to an engine issue was a Boeing 737-700. The manufacturer tweeted that it is aware of the incident and ready to help.
An engine on a Southwest Airlines plane caught fire in February during a flight, forcing the aircraft to return safely to the Salt Lake City airport shortly after takeoff, CNN affiliate KUTV reported.
The flight’s pilots, who were en route to Los Angeles, conducted an emergency landing, said Nancy Volmer, a Salt Lake City International Airport spokeswoman, the station reported.
Passenger Crystal Bangerter was taking her first flight ever when she saw “huge flames just coming right out of the engine.”
Read more about that emergency landing here.
Kristopher Johnson was a passenger on the Southwest flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.
He said that despite losing one of its engines, the plane made a “typical landing.”
“It definitely was a stable landing,” he told CNN. “When we finally landed it was relatively smooth. Kind of a typical landing.”
One passenger from Southwest Airlines 1380 has been transported to a Philadelphia hospital, according to CNN Philadelphia affiliates.
A Twitter account for Philadelphia’s airport said that passengers from Flight 1380 were now being brought inside the terminal, and that flights were departing and arriving but “passengers should expect delays.”
Passenger Kristopher Johnson took this photo and shared it to Twitter, thanking the Southwest crew “for a great job getting us to the ground safely after losing in engine.”
Southwest Airlines released a statement on flight 1380, which made an emergency landing in Philadelphia while on its way from New York City to Dallas.
“The aircraft, a Boeing 737-700, has 143 Customers and five Crewmembers onboard. We are in the process of gathering more information,” the airline said.
Here’s the full statement from Southwest:
“We are aware that Southwest flight #1380 from New York La Guardia (LGA) to Dallas Love Field (DAL) has diverted to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). We are in the process of transporting Customers and Crew into the terminal. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-700, has 143 Customers and five Crewmembers onboard. We are in the process of gathering more information. Safety is always our top priority at Southwest Airlines, and we are working diligently to support our Customers and Crews at this time.”