Passengers aboard Southwest flight recount moments after explosion


Seven other passengers are recovering from injuries that occurred after a Southwest Airlines jet blew an engine Tuesday.

Albuquerque woman Jennifer Riordan was killed in the explosion with many others possibly dealing with emotional scars.

The other 148 crew and passengers aboard are remembering those horrific moments after the blast which caused the plane to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

Several thought the plane was crash-landing.

A passenger, Matt Tranchin, says he began saying goodbye to his family.

“So I make a lot of my time trying to articulate what I wanted my final words to be,” said Tranchin.

“If you’re going through that experience you never think you’re going to walk away from it and then you hear on the intercom a panic you know, brace for landing, brace for landing,” said passenger Marty Martinez.

KRQE News 13 also spoke to an Albuquerque man who was on that flight.

He says a firefighter and another man did all they could to save Riordan.

They say he helped pull her back into the plane.

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