REPORT: Southwest Airlines passenger mourned as plane engine that exploded showed evidence of ‘metal fatigue’


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Investigators probing the death of the “remarkable” mother of two who was “partially sucked out” the window of a Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday said metal fatigue may be responsible for the engine explosion that burst the window next to Jennifer Riordan’s seat.

Fellow passengers tried in vain to save Riordan, a New Mexico businesswoman, and were able to pull her back into the jet. But she was pronounced dead at a Pennsylvania hospital after Flight 1380 made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport around 11:20 a.m.

The article goes on to state the following:

Riordan worked as a vice president of community relations for Wells Fargo, and was a graduate of the University of New Mexico. A close friend of Riordan told KOB that the mother of two, who was married to Michael Riordan, who served until recently as the chief operating officer for the city of Albuquerque, “never forgot the [New Mexico Broadcasters Association] and supported the foundation however she could.” The friend added that “Jennifer was a remarkable mother and part of the NMBA family.”

“Jennifer’s vibrancy, passion and love infused our community and reached across our country. Her impact on everything and everyone she touched can never be fully measured,” a family statement, published by WFAA-TV, read. She was further described as “the bedrock of our family.”

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