A Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines flight out of New York made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday, and an engine on the plane appeared to be severely damaged and at least one window was smashed.
Southwest said the Boeing 737-700 has 143 passengers and a crew of five onboard. At least one person was taken to an area hospital, according to local media outlets including cbslocal.com, but the extent of injuries was not immediately available.
“We are aware that Southwest Flight 1380 from New York La Guardia to Dallas Love Field has diverted to Philadelphia International Airport,” Southwest said in a statement. “We are in the process of transporting customers and crew into the terminal.”
The airport said the plane had landed “safely” and that passengers were being brought into the terminal. Flights were departing and arriving, but passengers should expect delays, the airport said in its statement. But it added that the FAA had issued “ground stop” for planes on the ground at other airports waiting to depart Philadelphia.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was gathering information on the incident. The airline said it, too, was continuing its investigation.
“We are working diligently to support our customers and crews at this time,” the statement said.
The emergency landing came less than 24 hours after a United Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Dover Air Force Base to repair a mechanical problem. The FAA said United Flight 1559, a Boeing 737, made a safe landing at about 7:20 p.m. ET on Monday, the FAA said.
Source: John Bacon, USA TODAY
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