Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old mother-of-two from Albuquerque and banker in Wells and Fargo, lost her life yesterday when the engine of the plane she was traveling in exploded mid-air. The explosion caused debris and shrapnel to shatter the window beside her.
Riordan was consequently sucked out through the window and badly hurt. Still, she held on for dear life. Immediately, alarmed passengers rushed to her aid.
Due to the pressure outside the plane, passengers found it hard pulling Riordan in. Somehow, they did that. And while some passengers managed to plug the hole, other administered first aid and CPR.
Thanks to the quick thinking of the plane’s pilot, they were able to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport by 11.27 am.
On arrival, Riordan was evacuated to a nearby medical facility alongside other passengers who were hurt. Sadly, she sustained severe injuries and died soon after.
Tammie Jo Shults was the pilot flying the plane at the time of the accident. She is a professional who also happens to be the first woman to ever fly the F-18.
Passengers on the ill-fated Flight 1380 from New York to Dallas recall a loud explosion, and then, the plane started descending rapidly. Later, their oxygen masks dropped down, and there was total chaos, as people realized what had happened.
I just remember holding my husband’s hand, and we just prayed and prayed and prayed. And the thoughts that were going through my head of course were about my daughters, just wanting to see them again and give them a big hug so they wouldn’t grow up without parents. — Amanda Bourman
Shults made an announcement asking the passengers to be calm then made the mayday call. She calmly asked Air Traffic Control for permission to land saying “So we have a part of the aircraft missing.”
Officials at the National Transportation Safety Board on preliminary inspection say that metal fatigue along the fan blade connection in the Boeing 737–700 was the cause of the explosion. So far, only one of the 149 passengers on board was tragically affected.
Condolences are pouring in
Jennifer Riordan was on a business trip for the bank at the time of the accident. Her death is a devastating blow to the Riordan family. Jennifer Riordan was President of Community Relations for Wells Fargo Bank, New Mexico.
Her family through her husband Michael Riordan released an official statement after her death.
We are so appreciating of the outpouring of support from family, friends and our community. We do ask that those who seek to express their condolences and prayers as well as the media outlets respect our privacy at this time. Our family and friends need this time to both grieve and celebrate Jennifer’s impact on us all.
Hundreds of condolence messages continue to pour in on Facebook as well.
It was a tragic day for the Riordan and America, and we pray they find the fortitude to bear their loss.
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