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One Death Reported on Southwest Flight That Made Emergency Landing in Philadelphia

The Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia Tuesday. A window on its left side is broken out.
The Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia Tuesday. (Note the blown-out window.) Mark Makela/Reuters

Update, 3:30 p.m.: A National Transportation Safety Board official says one person who was aboard the flight has died. The Washington Post reports that the individual “may have suffered from a heart attack during the flight.” It’s not clear if the person who died is the same one who was partially pulled out of a window after depressurization.

The last accident- or crash-related death involving a commercial flight in the U.S. occurred in 2013 when an Asiana Airlines plane crashed on landing in San Francisco.

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Original post, 1:50 p.m.: A Southwest flight en route from New York LaGuardia to Dallas has made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after its cabin depressurized:

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One “serious injury” has been reported, MSNBC says. Details on what happened are obviously preliminary, but the plane’s left engine appears to be significantly damaged, and one of its windows is broken. Passengers who’ve spoken to the press and posted on social media say a piece of the engine may have fallen off and hit the window.

Developing.

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