Tammie Jo Shults, a Former Navy Fighter Pilot, Safely Brought the Plane to Land After the Explosion at 32,000 Ft
Yet another example of another woman who does not fit the Christian gender complementarian (i.e., sexist) idea of what it means to be a woman, or the complementarian assumption of what and how God designed women to be and do.
19 April 2018
By Hannah Parry and Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com
-‘So we have a part of the aircraft missing’: Extraordinary moment hero ex-Navy fighter pilot calmly told air traffic control how the engine exploded on her Southwest Airlines flight – before landing it and saving more than 100 passengers
-The engine exploded on the Boeing 737-700 and sent shrapnel flying back towards the passenger window
-Tammie Jo Shults, a former Navy fighter pilot, safely brought the plane to land after the explosion at 32,000ft
-This is a true American Hero,’ wrote one of the passengers aboard the plane, ‘God bless her and all the crew’
-Jennifer Riordan, a mother-of-two from Albuquerque, was rushed to hospital after the crash but later died
-It was a flight from New York to Dallas but the female pilot was forced to make an emergency landing
-Passengers filmed themselves as the oxygen masks descended and as they said goodbye to their loved ones
The heroic pilot who calmly landed a Southwest Airlines flight after a midair explosion caused a woman to be nearly sucked out of the aircraft, leaving one dead, has been identified.
Tammie Jo Shults, a former Navy fighter pilot and one of the first women to fly an F-18, quickly brought the Dallas-bound Southwest Flight 1380 to land at Philadelphia International at 11.30am after the explosion at 32,000ft.
National Transport Safety Bureau Chairman Robert Sumwalt confirmed on Tuesday morning that one person died on the flight.
She has since been identified as Jennifer Riordan, a mother-of-two from Albuquerque, who was killed after she was nearly drawn out of the window when it smashed in a midair explosion, and had to be pulled back into her seat by other passengers.
Despite the crisis on board, Shults was calm as she told Air Traffic Control: ‘So we have a part of the aircraft missing.’
Asked if the plane was on fire, she said: ‘No, it’s not on fire but part of it’s missing. They said there is a hole and someone went out.’ She added that ‘we have injured passengers’ as she requested medical staff to meet them on landing. Passengers say that after landing the plane, the pilot took the time to speak to all those aboard personally.
‘Tammie Jo Shults, the pilot came back to speak to each of us personally,’ Diana McBride Self wrote. ‘This is a true American Hero. A huge thank you for her knowledge, guidance and bravery in a traumatic situation. God bless her and all the crew.’
Shults was one of the first female fighter pilots in the US Navy and first to fly an F-18. She later became an instructor, as the Navy did not allow women to fly in combat, and she finally resigned in 1993 when she joined Southwest Airlines. A mother-of-two, originally from New Mexico, Shults now lives with her husband Dean, a fellow pilot, in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas.
‘She has nerves of steel. That lady, I applaud her,’ said Alfred Tumlinson, of Corpus Christi, Texas. ‘I’m going to send her a Christmas card, I’m going to tell you that, with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground. She was awesome.’
Twelve people were injured in the midair explosion, with seven treated at the scene for minor injuries, while the woman who was sucked out the plane, was immediately taken to hospital
The Boeing 737-700, which took off from New York’s La Guardia Airport for Dallas was traveling at 32,500ft when the engine on the left side of the plane exploded.