Trump, in a meeting in the Oval Office, praised the response of pilot Tammie Jo Shults, who steered the plane to safety on April 17 after an engine explosion blew out a window, killing passenger Jennifer Riordan. As we previously reported, the airline had given those affected $5000 in compensation.
The flight had taken off April 17 from LaGuardia Airport in NY when an engine exploded and sent shrapnel through a window of the passenger compartment, causing a sudden loss of cabin pressure.
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The president said they responded with "tremendous bravery" and "everybody's talking about it".
Several other passengers suffered injuries described by authorities as minor.
Flight attendants were "brave, composed and helpful" throughout the ordeal, William Madison, 56, told USA TODAY. "I thought, hot damn, that might be the coolest woman I have ever seen". Lilia Chavez, a passenger from California, was seated three rows behind Riordan and claims she suffered physical injuries as well as "post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, emotional distress, depression".
Southwest has declined to discuss pending litigation.