The plane's pilots, Capt. Tammie Jo Shults and First Officer Darren Ellisor, are expected to attend the Oval Office meeting, along with three flight attendants and five passengers.
The heroic crew on board the Southwest Airlines flight that had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia last month was honored at the White House. "We send our thoughts to Jennifer's husband and their two attractive young children".
The plane, a Boeing 737 bound from NY to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia as passengers breathing through oxygen masks that dropped from the ceiling prayed and braced for impact. Riordan, a Wells Fargo executive who lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, had been in New York City on a business trip. "We ask God to hold this family close as they grieve the loss of a loving wife and mother". Seven other passengers suffered physical injuries. He praised Pilot Tammie Jo Shultz and shook her hand before recognizing her son who he said was heading to the Air Force Academy.
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One passenger, Jennifer Riordan, was killed when shrapnel from the engine explosion broke the window next to her seat.
In addition to the airline, Safran and General Electric are named as defendants as joint venture partners in CFM International which manufactures the engines. "They'll be talking about it for a long time", he told Shults, who was one of the first female Navy fighter pilots and flew training missions as an enemy pilot during Operation Desert Storm. He also wanted to meet passengers who assisted other travelers.
Shults then landed the Boeing 737 safely.