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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.”
The victim has been identified as Jennifer Riordan, a New Mexico mother and business executive.
Witnesses tell NBC News, her head and arms were pulled out of the window. Other passengers pulled her back in and performed CPR.https://t.co/vXvbIFkMOapic.twitter.com/qV5qBpZneW
— Gordon Loesch (@WPXIGordon) April 17, 2018
STATEMENT from the family of Jennifer Riordan, the @SouthwestAir passenger killed during the explosive decompression of SWA 1380 this morning. She was an Albuquerque, NM resident. pic.twitter.com/s4nf6O22JW
— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) April 18, 2018
I can’t help but stare at this photo of Jennifer Riordan. Her family sent us this photo and it speaks volumes about the bright spot she created in #ABQ and among those who knew her. #Southwest1380pic.twitter.com/kzLLKwrb3Q
— Chris Ramirez (@KOBChrisRamirez) April 18, 2018
We’re heartbroken over the loss of Jennifer Riordan. She set a shining example for how to provide community support & she strengthened NM. We’re grateful for her leadership throughout her career. Thoughts to her family, friends, & colleagues at Wells Fargo. She will be missed.
— Dion’s (@DionsPizza) April 18, 2018
Jennifer Riordan – The Wells Fargo New Mexico Bank Exec. who was killed on the Southwest jet today when an engine blew up sending shrapnel into the cabin! – “Sending thought’s & prayers out to the family! So Very Sad”! pic.twitter.com/IaXTyTEGXP
— Eddie Kennedy (@EddieKennedy999) April 18, 2018
Sharing this makes me sick. I’m heartbroken to report, the woman who died today after a #Southwest flight experienced engine failure, was from #Albuquerque. I was fortunate to have known her. She was a pillar in our community. Nothing but thoughts and prayers for her dear family. https://t.co/NuTa53uura
— ShellyRibando (@ShellyKOAT) April 17, 2018
— Erica Zucco 🇺🇸 (@ericazucco) April 17, 2018
Her last Twitter post:
— Jennifer L. Riordan (@jrior89) April 17, 2018
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