Cowboy, firefighter stopped woman from getting sucked out of Southwest plane
A cowboy and a firefighter were among the heroes who pulled a New Mexico mom back into their airplane after an explosion tore a hole in the cabin and sucked the woman partway out, according to reports.
The Boeing 737 carrying Southwest Airlines’ Flight 1380 suffered the catastrophic engine failure at about 32,000 feet up, an hour into its LaGuardia-to-Dallas trip, forcing an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport.
Mother-of-two Jennifer Riordan was pulled partway out of the plane when shrapnel shattered her window and the cabin began to depressurize, sucking her partway out of the plane.
That’s when a pair of Texans — Stetson hat-wearing farm real estate worker Tim McGinty and firefighter Andrew Needum — sprung into action.
“When we saw the window was gone somebody saw the lady out of the window so just tried to get her back in and wasn’t strong enough,” McGinty told NBC. “A fireman, from Celina, Texas, jumped in there and helped and between the two of us we were able to get her back in.”
“Some heroes wear capes, but mine wears a cowboy hat,” McGinty’s wife Kristen told USA Today.
McGinty suffered a cut to his arm in the brave act, NBC reported.
Once Riordan was back fully inside the cabin, Needum and a nurse tried to no avail to perform CPR, according to USA Today.
Riordan, a public relations specialist for Wells Fargo, died, leaving behind a husband and two young children.