A Southwest Airlines woman pilot could be able enough to coolly land a crippled plane on April 17, 2018 after it lost an engine.
Tammie Jo Shults is being extolled for saving 148 horror-stricken souls aboard Flight 1380 after a harrowing in-flight failure left one passenger dead and several others injured.
The former fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy informed the airbase that she needs to slow down with a single engine and a part of the aircraft is missing. She also asked for medical personnel to meet her aircraft on the runway as they have got injured passengers.
The engine on Shults’s plane had exploded on Tuesday, spraying shrapnel into the aircraft, causing a window to be blown out and leaving one woman dead and seven other people injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that investigators will examine whether metal fatigue caused an engine fan of the Boeing 737-700 to snap midflight.
The cabin window blew out with such force that none of the materials were recovered inside the plane, baffling investigators as they did not see any shards of glass (that blew in).
In the midst of all the chaos, Shults skilfully guided the plane onto the runway, touching down at 190 mph, saving the lives of 148 people aboard averting a far worse catastrophe.
They passengers did not expect to make it, yet, their life got saved because of the lady and the co-pilot.
Tumlinson, one of the passenger recalled that she was talking to them very calmly saying that they are not descending, they are not going down asking them to brace themselves and staying calm.
She also said that the captain did not just slammed it down rather brought the it down very carefully and everyone took a sigh of relief as the plane stabilized on the runway.
Everybody were just was applauding as it was amazing that they made it safely to the ground. The passengers were instructed to remain calm while medics came on board. Shults came into the cabin to check on passengers soon after.
Tumlinson’s wife called Shults a true American hero while others called her the lady with a heart of steels.
In statement issued via Twitter on the next day night, Southwest Airlines acknowledged Flight 1380 was piloted by Shults, along with first officer Darren Ellisor. The crew was working with investigators and would not be conducting media interviews, the airline said:
“As Captain and First Officer of the Crew of five who worked to serve our Customers aboard flight 1380 yesterday, we all feel we were simply doing our jobs,” the airline said in the statement. “Our hearts are heavy. On behalf of the entire Crew, we appreciate the outpouring of support from the public and our coworkers as we all reflect on one family’s profound loss.”
Jennifer Riordan, a vice president at Wells Fargo, was the passenger who died. She was seated in Row 14, the same row as the missing window, Sumwalt said. She died of blunt impact trauma to her head, neck and torso, Philadelphia Department of Public Health spokesman James Garrow said Wednesday night.
Tammie Jo’s mother-in-law was not surprised that Tammie was the pilot credited for the skillful landing. Friends and family members described her as a pioneer in the aviation field, a woman who broke barriers to pursue her goals.
She was among the first female fighter pilots for the U.S. Navy, according to her alma mater, Mid America Nazarene University, from which she graduated in 1983.
She was a decorated pilot who rose to the rank of lieutenant commander and twice received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, along with a National Defense Service Medal and an expert pistol Marksmanship Medal, according to a biography provided by the Navy Office of Information.
Shults’s persistence in becoming a pilot goes back to her upbringing on a New Mexico ranch, near Holloman Air Force Base. Watching the daily air show, she knew she just had to fly.
She was assured by her seniors and teachers that there were no professional women pilots. Initially, the Air Force wasn’t interested in talking to her but the Navy let her apply for aviation officer candidate school, but there did not seem to be a demand for women pilots.
Finally, a year after taking the Navy aviation exam, she found a recruiter who would process her application. After aviation officer candidate school in Pensacola, she was assigned to a training squadron at Naval Air Station Chase Field in Beeville, Tex., as an instructor pilot teaching student aviators how to fly the Navy T-2 trainer. She later left to fly the A-7 Corsair in Lemoore, Calif.
Because of the combat exclusion law, Tammie Jo Shults was prohibited from flying in a combat squadron.
She later became one of the first women to fly what was then the Navy’s newest fighter, the F/A-18 Hornet but, again, in a support role. “Women were new to the Hornet community, and already there were signs of growing pains.”
After serving 10 years in the Navy she reached the rank of Navy lieutenant commander. She left the Navy in 1993 and lives in the San Antonio area with her husband. She has two children: a teenage son and a daughter in her early 20s.
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