Pilots who landed crippled Southwest jet tape TV interview

20/20

The pilots of a Southwest Airlines jet are describing the chaos that followed a fatal engine explosion high above Pennsylvania last month.

Posted: May 10, 2018 9:01 PM

By The Associated Press

The pilots of a Southwest Airlines jet are describing the chaos that followed a fatal engine explosion high above Pennsylvania last month.

Tammie Jo Shults and Darren Ellisor say everything seemed normal when they took off from New York on April 17. But then there was a loud bang, oxygen masks fell and the plane began to vibrate and tilt to one side.

Shults says it got so loud in the cockpit that the pilots communicated partly with hand signals.

The pilots say they didn't know right away that a passenger had been fatally injured when a piece of the broken engine shattered a window. They made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

The crew was interviewed for a segment of ABC's "20/20" scheduled to air Friday night.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

5/10/2018 6:06:09 PM (GMT -5:00)

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