The pilot is being credited with saving the lives of the others on board, managing an emergency landing in Philadelphia.
The Southwest Airlines pilot hailed as a hero for her efforts to land a damaged aircraft after a deadly engine explosion texted a brief, but powerful message to a friend upon touching down: "God is good". The cabin depressurised. A woman was partly sucked outside the plane.
"She was an extreme go-getter, and all of the gentlemen, you know, at first the woman in a man's world is a little hard, but she put on those big boots, and she went out, and she overachieved", Parsons said. The victim, who died from her wounds, was identified as Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, N.M. Seven others received minor injuries.
"Can you have the medical meet us there on the runway", she calmly told air traffic controllers.
The 56-year-old Shults was one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy. "We are not conducting media interviews and we ask that the public and the media respect our focus", the statement concluded.
Southwest flight 1380 was en route from NY to Dallas.
"We all feel we were simply doing our jobs", she said in conjunction with the flight's First Officer, Darren Ellisor in a joint statement on the official Southwest Airlines Twitter account. Our hearts are heavy.
"I know God was with her, and I know she was talking to God", said Virginia Shults, Tammie Jo Shults' mother-in-law in an interview with the Washington Post. "That's how she's wired". She attained the rank of Navy lieutenant commander before she retired from service in 1993. Emily Judstra, a spokeswoman for the Naval Air Forces' Pacific Fleet.
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"We just got lucky, we had the right pilot for that event", said Coleman.
The twin-engine Boeing 737 that left NY with 149 people board was hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage, killing a passenger and injuring seven others, authorities said.
"Obviously it was frustrating", said Maloney, who became among the first women to join a combat military flying squadron and was deployed to the Arabian Gulf. Although she wasn't allowed to fly in combat, she did fly as an aggressor pilot.
The window in this photo provided Wednesday by passenger Marty Martinez shows it shattered after a the Southwest Airlines airplane's jet engine blew out at altitude.
It wasn't surprising to Roulston that Shults was so collected during the emergency landing.
Shults was featured in Maloney's book Military Fly Moms along with the stories and photos of 69 other women USA military veterans.
Shults is quoted on the fighter plane blog F-16.net saying she tried to attend an aviation career day at high school and was told they did not accept girls. "My brother says she's the best pilot he knows. That's how she is at everything things don't really ruffle her", said Staci Thompson, her friend of twenty years. She's been compared to Sullenberger, who landed a US Airways jet on the Hudson River in 2009 after geese knocked out his engines.
"She's a formidable woman, as sharp as a tack", Shults' brother-in-law, Gary Shults, told the AP. Both emergencies demonstrated the importance of well-trained and experienced pilots at a time when factions in Congress have considered changing flight-training requirements, he said.