President Trump thanks Southwest Airlines flight crew, passengers for their heroism

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The crew of the Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia will meet with President Trump at the White House on Tuesday.

Lilia Chavez says she was sitting three rows behind the shattered window and saw other passengers struggle to pull a woman back into the cabin after she had been partially sucked through the window. The Dallas-bound flight had departed from LaGuardia Airport when Shults and first officer Darren Ellisor were forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia following the explosion. "We ask God to hold this family close as they grieve the loss of a loving wife and mother".

Flight 1380 was en route from NY to Dallas when its left engine suddenly blew apart, sending shrapnel through a window and killing a 43-year-old New Mexico woman.

The president offered his prayers and condolences to Riordan's husband and children, saying that from what he has heard, "she must've been a fantastic woman".

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Chavez alleges she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, as well as other injuries.

In addition to the airline, Safran and General Electric are named as defendants as joint venture partners in CFM International which manufactures the engines.

"Everybody's talking about it".

Five passengers were also invited to the oval office including Tim McGinty, firefighter Andrew Needum and nurse Peggy Phillips, who all did their best to save Riordan's life. Investigators believe cracks caused a fan blade on Flight 1380 to break off and trigger the deadly engine breakup, though a final determination on the cause of the accident is likely a year or more away.

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