Numerous passengers on board called captain Tammie Jo Shults a hero.
President Donald Trump met Tuesday with the crew and passengers of Southwest Flight 1380, calling their actions on the troubled flight last month an example of "the great character of our nation". "We send our prayers to Jennifer's husband and their two handsome young children", Trump said, adding, "She must've been a fantastic woman".
Trump later addressed the death of Jennifer Riordan, a New Mexico bank executive who was killed after being almost sucked out the flight heading to Dallas from NY on April 17. "We're very, very proud of them and God bless you all".
Lilia Chavez says she was sitting three rows behind the shattered window and saw other passengers struggle to pull a woman back into the cabin after she had been partially sucked through the window.
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The president went on to talk about Tammie Jo Shultz, the pilot who was able to land the plane safely despite the technical failures.
One passenger, Jennifer Riordan, was killed when shrapnel from the engine explosion broke the window next to her seat. "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.
Five passengers were also invited to the oval office including Tim McGinty, firefighter Andrew Needum and nurse Peggy Phillips, who all did their best to save Riordan's life.
Trump, seated in the Oval Office, was surrounded by the crew members and passengers.