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Heartbreaking Messages Passengers On Southwest Airlines Flight Sent To Loved Ones Revealed

Heartbreaking Messages Passengers On Southwest Airlines Flight Sent To Loved Ones Revealed

Passengers who were aboard the Southwest Airlines flight that was forced to do an emergency landing after an engine exploded have opened up about sending what they believed to be their last ever messages.

The plane was flying from New York to Dallas when it had to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia Airport.

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Forty-three-year-old Jennifer Riordan died after she was partially sucked out of a window which was smashed by some debris from the explosion.

Jennifer Riordan died after being partially dragged out of a window. Credit: PA
Jennifer Riordan died after being partially dragged out of a window. Credit: PA

Those on board feared for their lives as oxygen masks dropped down from the ceiling; many used the plane's in-flight WiFi to send goodbye messages to those they loved.

Gianna Baur sent her husband Chad a message saying: "They announce we have to land... I'm so scared... flight attendants are checking everyone's oxygen... it's so bumpy... it's an emergency landing"

She then wrote: "I love you so much." Before sending a photo of herself wearing the oxygen mask.

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Chad told NBC: "For the next five minutes, we just try to say all the things we would want to say to each other if that was the last thing we got to say.

"Me saying goodbye to my wife, who might have minutes left, and her trying to say goodbye to me who may have decades left."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Matt Tranchin was also on the flight text his pregnant wife Molly to tell her he loved her and their unborn son.

He wrote: "Our baby boy is everything. You are my everything. Marrying you was the best moment and decision I ever made.

"If I don't make it, please know I am truly happy. Because of you. Your love."

Speaking to ABC he said: "I know I was with a colleague of mine and we spent the next 15 minutes before landing saying our goodbyes. You don't want to scare your friends and family, but you also don't want to not say goodbye."

A third passenger, Marty Martinez used Facebook Live to share what he believed to be his 'final moments'.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

He posted: "Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down! Emergency landing! Southwest flight to NYC to Dallas!!"

Miraculously, pilot Tammie Jo Shults was able to carefully and safely land the plane.

Sources: ABC; NBC

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: US News, Southwest Airlines

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]

 

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