'American Hero' pilot of fatal flight praised over emergency landing

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"They said there's a hole and, uh, someone went out". "God bless her and all the crew", she added. "And that's a foundation that carries on to Southwest Airlines and the great standardization she received there as well".

"She's a formidable woman, as sharp as a tack", said Gary Shults, a dentist in San Antonio.

That's what the passengers on the Dallas-bound Southwest Flight 1380 found out firsthand Tuesday morning when one of the aircraft's engines exploded midair.

It's the same calm and conviction the nation heard, as she notified the Air Traffic Control.

About 20 minutes after takeoff on Tuesday (April 17), Captain Tammie Jo Shults was steering a Southwest Airlines plane toward cruising altitude, generally considered the safest part of a flight. That lady, I applaud her. "She's a very caring, giving person who takes care of lots of people".

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Shults's heroic emergency landing along with other details and stories about passengers - including Jennifer Riordan, 43, a banking executive and mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who was killed - came to light Wednesday as federal investigators and airline officials dealt with the aftermath of the first fatal accident involving a us airliner in eight years.

Of the injured, four have been sent by helicopters to the hospital, while the other one with minor injury stayed with the damaged destroyer which managed to sail back to the Singapore's Changi Naval Base Monday noon. "She was commissioned in the Navy on June 21, 1985, and completed flight training in Pensacola", said Lt. Christina Sears, a Navy spokesperson told ABC News. And given her heroism, as well as her groundbreaking career, the internet was quick to not only praise her but to also begin campaigning for a movie about her wonderful story. I don't know if this is true as reported, but I'm sure you can see how the script just about writes itself. The most compelling argument for more women in such workplaces is to help remove what barriers remain for women in general, while at the same time acknowledging that for generational and cultural reasons not related to bias, they may not be interested in such professions.

A meeting with a female pilot while she was a junior at MidAmerican Nazarene University inspired her to keep at it. "He was flying with her". She left active duty in 1993 and joined a strike fighter wing in the Navy Reserve.

Phillips, who calls herself semi-retired because she still works as a substitute school nurse, compared Shults to Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot who landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after a bird strike killed both of the engines aboard his Airbus A320.

"We can confirm that Lt Commander Shults was among the first cohort of women pilots to transition to tactical aircraft", the navy said in a statement on Wednesday.

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"She gave all of us another chance at life".

MidAmerican Nazarene alumni director Kevin Garber recalled Shults spoke at the school a year ago.

"She has nerves of steel, " one passenger, Alfred Tumlinson, told the Associated Press. "She pushed the limits and became what she strived for". "And thank God, I really believe, that you know, just God had a hand on her, he had her in that place, and she was there for a reason", Maloney said.

If you think maybe that "nerves of steel" line is some kind of exaggerated praise, it's not.

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