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A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380

A boom, a whoosh of air and then terror on Flight 1380PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There was a loud boom, and the plane started shaking violently. Air whooshed through the cabin, and snow-like debris floated down the aisle as oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Some passengers wondered if they would ever hug their children again. At least one bought in-flight Wi-Fi as the jet descended so he could say goodbye to his loved ones.



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Pilot of Southwest flight with blown engine was Navy fighter

Pilot of Southwest flight with blown engine was Navy fighterPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Southwest Airlines pilot who made an emergency landing Tuesday after the jet apparently blew an engine, got hit by shrapnel and lost a window, is being praised for her "nerves of steel" in helping to prevent a far worse tragedy after the catastrophe killed one passenger and left seven others hurt.



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Passengers say pilot of ill-fated Southwest Airlines flight is a hero

Passengers say pilot of ill-fated Southwest Airlines flight is a heroPassengers are calling the pilot of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, which staged an emergency landing Tuesday at Philadelphia International Airport, a hero.



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What The Southwest Flight Can Teach Us About Oxygen Masks

What The Southwest Flight Can Teach Us About Oxygen MasksPhotos and video footage from Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 indicate that



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'Angels' and training help former fighter pilot save Southwest flight

'Angels' and training help former fighter pilot save Southwest flightTammie Jo Shults, 56, may have drawn on her Navy skills when one of the two engines on her Boeing 737-700 blew and broke apart at 32,000 feet on Tuesday, forcing her to implement a rapid descent toward Philadelphia International Airport. One of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, Shults calmly told air traffic control that part of her plane was missing, and she would need ambulances on the runway.



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One killed after Southwest jet engine exploded in flight

One killed after Southwest jet engine exploded in flightPieces of the engine of a Southwest Airlines plane blew apart Tuesday, piercing through the plane like bullets and shattering a window. One passenger partially sucked out of the plane as others tried desperately to pull her back inside.



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Southwest flight makes emergency landing in Philadelphia

Southwest flight makes emergency landing in Philadelphia- A Southwest Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport. NBC's Jay Blackman reports.



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1 Dead After Southwest Airlines Flight Suffers Engine Failure

1 Dead After Southwest Airlines Flight Suffers Engine FailureFederal investigators said Tuesday afternoon that one person was killed after



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Video shows Arizona plane crash victims moments before fatal flight

Video shows Arizona plane crash victims moments before fatal flightA new video has emerged showing passengers on a small plane before it crashed on an Arizona golf course, killing all six people onboard. Friends and family have identified three of the victims. Briana Whitney of CBS affiliate KPHO reports.



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Virgin Galactic completes first powered flight since  fatal crash in 2014 

Virgin Galactic completes first powered flight since  fatal crash in 2014 Virgin Galactic has completed its first powered flight since a fatal crash nearly four years, a milestone which Sir Richard Branson said brought space ‘tantalisingly close.’ The company has struggled to re-establish itself following the death of co-pilot Michael Alsbury, 39, who was killed when his aircraft crashed into the Mojave Desert in California in October 2014. Virgin Galactic had promised to send space tourists to the edge of Earth’s atmosphere where they could see the curvature of the planet and experience weightlessness. But after Captain Alsbury’s death, some customers who had already bought tickets demanded refunds, and the company spent years redesigning the craft, carrying out extensive engine testing and glide tests before attempting another supersonic flight. Virgin Galactic's Unity aircraft completed its first powered flight in the Mojave desert Credit: Virgin Galactic  On Thursday the Unity spacecraft took up with a two member crew from the Mojave Air and Space port, lifted by the jet-powered mothership Eve. It then powered up for 30 seconds and landed safely. It puts Britain firmly back in the commercial tourism and launch provider space race, which until recently the US appeared to be winning. Branson said Virgin Galactic was ‘back on track’ and confirmed that the flight had reached Mach 1.6, more than 1.5 times the speed of sound. Announcing the success on Twitter, he added: “Data review to come, then on to the next flight. Space feels tantalisingly close now.” The entire project has been dogged with problems. Two of the six flights made by SpaceShipOne suffered potentially catastrophic problems. And in 2007, an explosion killed three engineers. It is the first time Virgin Galactic has completed a power flight since the death of Captain Michael Alsbury in October 2014 Credit: Virgin Galactic Before the accident, Virgin Galactic said the first space tourism flights would begin in the Spring of 2015. Even in the November following the crash CEO George Whitesides said it would be ‘months not years’ until commercial flights began, but an investigation found there had been inadequate safety features and the team was forced to go back to the drawing board, unveiling a new design in 2016. Around 24 passengers pulled out and have had the $ 250,000 (£157,000) ticket price refunded. Although some may only have paid deposits, the company stands to lose more than £3 million in lost sales. High profile ticket-holders include Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet and, until his death Stephen Hawking. In October, Virgin Galactic was given a huge $ 1 billion boost from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. At the time, Branson said the company was just months away from sending a ship into Earth’s atmosphere. Following the flight Virgin Galactic tweeted: “Touch down. Congratulations Mark “Forger” Stucky and Dave Mackay for a great milestone test flight”



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