Pilot who safely landed Southwest flight 1380 had 'nerves of steel'

Pilot who safely landed Southwest flight 1380 had 'nerves of steel'

Pieces of the engine shattered a window and injured a passenger.

Pilots use a flight simulator to train for the possibility of midair engine failure, but the number who experience and survive one amounts to "a small club", he said.

In air traffic control audio, Shults's voice is calm as she describes the emergency. "We've got injured passengers", Shults told Air Traffic Control.

After realizing the plane was in trouble, she made a distress call to air traffic control, asking for medical personnel to meet the plane on the Philadelphia runway. Shults is the hero pilot of the Southwest Airlines plane forced into an emergency landing after its engine broke apart.

The controller asked if the plane was on fire.

"No, it's not on fire, but part of it's missing", she says, coolly.

Gary Shults, Shults' brother-in-law, said that her husband is also a pilot with Southwest Airlines.

"She was an extreme go-getter, and all of the gentlemen, you know, at first the woman in a man's world is a little hard, but she put on those big boots, and she went out, and she overachieved", Parsons said.

The accident on Southwest Air Flight 1380 was the first fatal accident on a US aircraft in nine years - the first in Southwest Airlines history.

The jet was traveling at 190mph when it made the emergency landing, much faster than the typical 155mph touchdown. "All the passengers wanted to know who we owed our lives to", he said.

Whatever happens next to immortalize Shults, this act of bravery is already marked in our memories forever.

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Julie Payette told aviation officials Thursday that Capt. Tammie Jo Shults showed strength as she deployed years of training as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot to avoid greater injury. It was posted on the company's website and on its social media accounts.

But her path wasn't easy.

The tragic accident claimed the life of a 43-year-old woman, Jennifer Riordan, from Albuquerque, New Mexico - a graduate of the University of New Mexico as well as a former NMBA Board member and NMBA Scholarship victor.

"He started the class by asking me, the only girl in attendance, if I was lost".

"The whole story is really heroic but to hear how calm she was and to hear how responsible she was it's awesome", said Christopher Garcia a resident from Lemoore. An experienced pilot with Southwest Airlines, Shults was among the Navy's first women pilots trained to fly fighter aircraft. "I actually heard someone say, there is a God!"

"Golly, she was cool as a cucumber", Hess said, noting Shults took command of the situation, declining to be transferred to another controller on a different frequency. Her maiden name was Bonnell.

But the challenges continued.

Mrs Shults was commissioned into the Navy in 1985 and reached the rank of lieutenant commander, said Commander Ron Flanders, the spokesman for Naval Air Forces in San Diego.

"She's a formidable woman, as sharp as a tack", he said. "That she was who she was and he was who he was, and that they complemented each other", Kathleen Ellisor said. "She said, 'Of course.

Tell the girls we love them and that Jesus is with them always", she said.

"It would be nice if they would take away the ceilings [women] have over our heads", Shults said.