SOUTHWEST Airlines flight from New York’s La Guardia Airport to Dallas made an emergency landing at Philadelphia’s airport overnight with part of the covering from its left engine ripped off.
“One passenger, a woman, was partially … was drawn out towards the out of the plane … was pulled back in by other passengers,” Todd Bauer, the father of one of the passengers, told WACU.
Sources told FOX 29 that one passenger was in critical condition with head trauma and nine others were injured in the incident.
News helicopter footage showed damage to the left engine of the plane and the tarmac covered on foam from fire crews.
Emergency services scrambled to the scene after the aircraft made an emergency landing at around 11am (1am AEST)
Passenger Marty Martinez did a brief Facebook Live posting with the caption “Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing! Southwest flight from NYC to Dallas!!”
He said “there was blood everywhere” on-board.
“First there was an explosion almost immediately, the oxygen masks came down and within a matter of 10 seconds, the engine then hit a window and busted it wide open,” he said.
The Philadelphia airport tweeted that flight 1380 “landed safely at PHL and passengers are being brought into the terminal.”
Flight 1380 was carrying 143 passengers and five crew members.
Southwest said it was investigating the incident.
“We are in the process of gathering more information,” the statement said. “Safety is always our top priority at Southwest Airlines, and we are working diligently to support our customers and crews at this time.”
Messages seeking comment from the Federal Aviation Administration wasn’t immediately returned.
Firefighters were on the scene but a spokeswoman couldn’t immediately provide any details.