Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 Disaster: 'Almost Everyone' Wore Their Oxygen Masks Incorrectly

Jennifer Riordan

Another problem Laurie pointed out is that numerous passengers appeared to be cavalierly watching their phones and taking selfies instead of listening to the cabin crew's instructions.

The plane, a Boeing 737 was headed from NY to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

Investigators say metal fatigue was the likely cause of the accident, and Southwest Airlines has announced an acceleration of its program to inspect CFM56-7B engines used on its Boeing 737 aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration has not yet required airlines to conduct the inspections but said late Wednesday that it would do so in the next two weeks.

Last year, the FAA estimated that some 220 of these engines would require testing, having carried out a certain number of flights.

Sumwalt said the fan blade, after suffering metal fatigue where it attached to the engine hub, has a second fracture about halfway along its length.

He could not say if the incident indicated a fleet-wide issue with the Boeing 737-700.

"Engine failures like this should not occur", Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the NTSB, said Wednesday.

The FAA decision comes almost a year after the engine's manufacture recommended that airlines using certain CFM56 engines conduct ultrasonic inspections to look for cracks.

It said that any fan blades that failed the inspection would have to be replaced.

"You know that there's a job to do and you put every ounce of that energy into that job". Engine manufacturer CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric Co.

It is unclear whether the FAA's original directive would have forced Southwest to quickly inspect the engine that blew up. "The minute someone asked if anyone knew CPR, I didn't feel helpless anymore", Phillips said.

Who was the victim?

Investigators say Jennifer Riordan died of blunt-force trauma of the head, neck and torso. That was when he saw a window blown open about two rows ahead of him on the other side of the plane.

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Passengers inside the cabin describe scenes of chaos, with "blood everywhere" and people desperately trying to get Ms Riordan back inside.

Pilot Tammie Jo Shults and the rest of the Southwest crew along with Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, all expressed their condolences.

Rebecca Avitia, the executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, said that losing Riordan casts a dark, heavy emptiness on the city. "By all reports, I thought the crew acted magnificently", said Kelly. I'm going to send her a Christmas card - I'm going to tell you that - with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground.

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She served in the Navy for 10 years, reaching the rank of Navy lieutenant commander.

Shults: "OK. Could you have medical meet us there on the runway as well, we've got, um, injured passengers".

"We want to very carefully understand what was the result of this problem, and as I mentioned a few minutes ago, I'm very concerned about this particular event", Sumwalt said at the news conference at the Philadelphia airport.

How did the drama unfold?

Passengers will complain of their ears popping and the oxygen masks will drop down to help them breathe.

"We have part of the aircraft missing so we're going to need to slow down a bit".

Passenger Marty Martinez, left, attempted to record a video message for his family that showed he and his fellow travelers did not properly secure their oxygen masks to their faces.

. "But part of it is missing". On Tuesday, the airline said it would accelerate inspections and complete them in the next 30 days.

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