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Everything we know about hero Southwest pilot Tammie Jo Shults

24 April 2018, 04:05 | Lowell Little

Southwest Captain, Former Navy Pilot, Praised for Calm Amid Catastrophe

In a preliminary search the plane showed signs of

After a window imploded because of shrapnel caused by the engine fan's disintegration, the cabin became depressurized; 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan, a Wells Fargo VP, was partially sucked through a window during the horrific incident.

The crew reported damage to one of the aircraft's engines as well as the fuselage and a window, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Needum, who has been described as a hero for his efforts to save Riordan, said he was helping a young woman with an infant in her lap put on their masks when he heard a commotion six or seven rows behind him.

She and Sullenberger are among a handful of people who have safely landed a plane after encountering major failure. He was one of at least three passengers who said they received the letter. And what was most dire was a female passenger being sucked into the hole where the window had been.

The plane was pitched at an angle of more than 40 degrees for a few unnerving seconds before it leveled out and began an emergency descent, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt told reporters Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Ms Russo and Staci Thompson, who has known Mrs Shults for about 20 years and was nanny to her two children when they were small, said she "loved" her military career but has alluded to frustrations and challenges that came with it.

"We have part of the aircraft missing ..."

Shults long has evidenced a heart for evangelism and ministries of compassion, Thompson said.

After trying to pull the woman back for several minutes, a man in a cowboy hat and a second man finally got her into her seat, Serafini said. She has led the children's worship program at First Baptist and taught Sunday school for children, middle schoolers, high schoolers and adults, said Staci Thompson, a longtime friend and administrative assistant in the church office. "I'm trained for emergency situations and it's just exactly what it was". More than 150 of those have already been checked by operators, it said. "It was really excellent team work between all of them to try to get Jennifer back in safe and keep everybody else safe at the same time", Mackey said.

"She's a formidable woman, as sharp as a tack", said Gary Shults, a dentist in San Antonio. "She comforted everyone. She's an unbelievable person".

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