Trump to meet Southwest Airlines' crew that experienced engine explosion

An Alaska Airlines flight declared an emergency after an oil filter bypass light came on mid-flight

An Alaska Airlines flight declared an emergency after an oil filter bypass light came on mid-flight

The plane's pilots, Capt. Tammie Jo Shults and First Officer Darren Ellisor, are expected to attend the Oval Office meeting, along with three flight attendants and five passengers. Seven other passengers suffered physical injuries.

Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 was headed from NY to Dallas last month when an engine on the Boeing 737 exploded at 30,000 feet over the Rehrersburg area.

Shults then landed the Boeing 737 safely.

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Southwest apologized for the incident and gave money and travel vouchers to passengers on the flight.

Passenger Jennifer Riordan, one of 149 people aboard, was killed. Shrapnel damaged the fuselage and broke the window.

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National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that a fatigue fracture likely caused the engine to fail, but that it would have been hard to detect. They're still talking about it.

One of the first women to fly fighter jets for the U.S. Navy, some close to Shults have called her the best pilot they've ever known.

Trump will meet crew members from Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 at the White House, an official said.

"Ms. Chavez witnessed the horror as the force of the depressurization pulled an innocent passenger partially through the shattered window and she watched as passengers risked their lives to pull the passenger back into the aircraft and save her life", says the document.

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt has said a crack on a blade inside the engine led to the failure that blew debris at the aircraft. Investigators believe cracks caused a fan blade on Flight 1380 to break off and trigger the deadly engine breakup, though a final determination on the cause of the accident is likely a year or more away.

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