Just one day after a Southwest plane's engine blew up mid-air, the woman killed as a result of the horrific incident has been identified. Jennifer Riordan, 43, died at a Philadelphia hospital on Tuesday following the plane's emergency landing, CNN reports.
Riordan was pulled back in by fellow passengers after she was partially sucked out the plane window that had shattered because of the engine explosion. Many report seeing her go into cardiac arrest afterward, but that hasn't been confirmed.
According to AJC.com, Riordan was married and has two children - a 12-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. She was the Vice President of Community Relations for Wells Fargo in Albequerque, New Mexico, and, per KOAT, was a member of the New Mexico Broadcasters Association for many years.
The company released the following statement after Riordan's death had been confirmed:
We are deeply saddened to confirm that there is one fatality resulting from this accident. The entire Southwest Airlines Family is devastated and extends its deepest heartfelt sympathy to the customers, employees, family members, and loved ones affected by this tragic event. We have activated our emergency response team and are deploying every resource to support those affected by this tragedy.
Riordan was heading home from a business trip at the time of the explosion. Hers is reportedly the first death following an in-flight incident for Southwest Airlines.
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