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One dead after Southwest jet engine failure: US official

AFP  |  New York 

A catastrophic engine failure on a Airlines flight from to left one person dead and prompted an emergency landing in today.

flight 1380, a 737, encountered a problem with the engine shortly after take-off from New York's LaGuardia airport, Robert Sumwalt, of the National Transportation Safety Board, told a conference.

There was one fatality, he confirmed.

"We are saying this is an engine failure," Sumwalt said, confirming that parts flew out of the engine, which witnesses said hit a jet window, seriously injuring a woman. The identity of the dead person was not immediately disclosed.

"Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down!" wrote passenger in the caption to a live-stream video that showed him looking panicked and breathing through oxygen mask.

"Engine exploded in the air and blew open window 3 seats away from me. Explosion critically injured woman sitting in the seat next to the window," he wrote on

Flight 1380 landed at International Airport at 11:20 am (1520 GMT) after the crew reported damage to one of the engines, the fuselage and at least one window, the Federal Administration said.

US television footage showed the jet on the tarmac at surrounded by officials looking at the stricken engine, manufactured by CFM, a joint venture between French company and America's

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First Published: Wed, April 18 2018. 02:30 IST
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