The hero pilot of Southwest Airlines flight 1380, together with passengers and crew, traveled to the White House to meet President Trump.
President Trump thanked the pilot, recognizing her years of training as a former Navy fighter pilot, saying, “You drew from years of training and safety, and you knew how to land that plane. We salute you and every member of this crew. Thank you very much.”
The female pilot, Tammie Jo Shults, has been hailed a hero after safely landing the jet after the engine failed midair causing the death of one passenger. Several passengers rushed to help passenger Jennifer Riordan after debris from the engine smashed through a window sucking her partially out of the plane as it traveled at an altitude of 32,500 feet.
“Our hearts break for the family of the passenger, who tragically lost her life,” the president said of Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old mother from New Mexico. “We send our prayers to Jennifer’s husband and two beautiful, young children. We ask God to hold them close as they grieve the loss of a loving wife and mother.”