Who is Tammie Jo Shults? Southwest Airlines flight 1380 emergency landing pilot hailed a hero after engine failure horror

TAMMIE Jo Shults is the pilot who landed Southwest Airlines flight 1380 on April 17, 2018.

Here's what we know about the hero airwoman who bravely guided the flight to earth.

Who is Tammie Jo Shults?

Pilot Tammie Jo Shults is an airline pilot who safely landed a plane after a blast tore a hole in it.

She is a mother of two and an ex-Navy pilot.

Tammie Jo is being hailed as a hero after her actions on a flight from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Dallas Love Field.

She was piloting Southwest flight 1380.



Tammie Jo quickly and calmly brought the plane – with 143 passengers and five crew on board – into land at Philadelphia International at 11am at a descent of 3,000ft per minute.

After the mid-air blast tore a gaping hole in the aircraft's side she told shocked air traffic controllers "there’s a hole and uh… someone went out."

During an extraordinary exchange with air traffic control, the pilot revealed she had "injured passengers" who would require medical help on landing.

One passenger later posted on Instagram: "The pilot Tammy Jo was so amazing! She landed us safely in Philly."

Another Cassie Adams added: "Thank you to the incredible pilot at @SouthwestAir who got a plane without an engine to the ground as quickly as possible."

Another wrote: "Awesome job Pilot Tammie Jo Shultz. You are a credit to navy aviators. Your bravery and calm demeanor in landing 1380 is exemplary."

The New Mexico native graduated with university degrees in biology and agribusiness before joining the military.

Capt Shults served in the US Navy for 10 years and flew fighter jets before leaving active service in 1993 after achieving the rank of lieutenant commander.

Her husband, Dean Shults, is also a pilot for Southwest, says a relative.

On social media, some compared the mother-of-two with Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who glided a US Airways plane into New York's main waterway in 2009 in what became known as "The Miracle on the Hudson".

What happened on Southwest Airlines flight 1380?

The left engine on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 exploded mid-air, killing one passenger.

The Boeing 737 had just departed New York's LaGuardia Airport en-route to Dallas when the left engine exploded and ruptured metal flew towards a window.

It was flying over east Pennsylvania with 143 passengers and five members of crew on board when the left engine suddenly exploded mid air.

The pilot immediately diverted towards Philadelphia to make an emergency landing and photos show what appears to be jet fuel, oozing from the passenger plane on to the tarmac.




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What happened to the passengers?

The incident killed one passenger and injured seven others, authorities said.

The plane, with 149 people on board, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia just before noon as passengers breathing through oxygen masks that dropped from the ceiling prayed and braced for impact.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman Robert Sumwalt said one person was killed.

It was the first passenger fatality in a U.S. airline accident since 2009, Sumwalt said.

The woman killed was identified as Jennifer Riordan, a Wells Fargo bank executive and mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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