Woman ‘partially sucked out a window’ dies after engine failure on Southwest flight

first_imgWPVI-TV(NEW YORK) — A woman died after a Southwest Airlines jet suffered engine failure and made an emergency landing on Tuesday, marking the first accidental fatality on a domestic flight in nine years, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.Flight 1380 was en route from New York City’s LaGuardia International Airport to Dallas Love Field when the plane was forced to land at Philadelphia International Airport Tuesday morning.Jennifer Riordan of New Mexico died after she was partially sucked out a window near the engine, according to witnesses. Officials did not immediately confirm that account.“Jennifer Riordan has passed away as a result of previously reported events on Southwest Airlines flight No. 1380,” her family said in a statement. “Jennifer’s vibrancy, passion and love infused our community and reached across our country. Her impact on everything and everyone she touched can never be fully measured.”“But foremost, she is the bedrock of our family. She and Mike wrote a love story unlike any other. Her beauty and love is evident through her children. We are so appreciative of the outpouring of support from family, friends and our community.”Riordan previously worked in marketing at the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center.“Jennifer was an amazing community leader, team member, wife and mother,” Dr. Paul Roth, chancellor for Health Sciences Center, said in a statement. “Her passion for our community, our students and our future was unwavering. We are committed to carrying on her work to ensure quality education and career opportunities to New Mexico’s youth. Our thoughts and prayers remain with her family during this difficult time. She will be forever missed by her Lobo family.” Passenger Matt Tranchin said the flight took a turn when he saw a “huge explosion and glass shattering three rows ahead of me.”“Flight attendants rushed up,” he said. “There was momentary chaos. Everyone kind of descended on where this hole was. As passengers, we weren’t sure if they were trying to cover up the hole, but the plane smelled like smoke. There was ash coming through the ventilation system.”“We started dropping,” Tranchin told ABC station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. “Some of the crew couldn’t hold back their horror. And some were crying as they looked out through the open window onto the engine.”Passengers posted photos from inside showing descended oxygen masks, a blown-out window and the remains of an engine.Jim Demetros, a passenger who said he was about three rows ahead of where the engine failed, told ABC News that everybody was looking at “the woman who was sitting next to the window that had blown out.”“It was a pretty harrowing experience,” he said, adding that the crew did a “fantastic” job “keeping everyone calm.”  Another passenger, Cassie Adams, said she was sitting “right over the engine” and could see the damage immediately after it failed.A few minutes after the oxygen masks came down, the window two rows behind where Adams was sitting blew out, and the woman was “sucked out,” she told ABC News.“Two brave men immediately responded and helped grab her and tried to pull her back in,” Adams said.The men were able to pull her back in and performed CPR on her, Adams said. One of them then stood in front of the broken window so no one else would get hurt, she said, adding that she thought “the plane was going down.”“It was terrifying,” Adams said. “Those men are heroes.”Another passenger, a woman from Albuquerque, New Mexico, also confirmed that a female passenger was “partially sucked out of the window.”“I talked to the guy who pulled her back in, and he said that her head, when she flew out the window, hit the window and she died on impact,” the woman told ABC affiliate KOAT-TV. “And then there was a nurse who helped to pull her back in, but before we knew what was really going on, you could feel the plane instantly dropping.”Seven people suffered minor injuries and weren’t taken to hospitals, officials said. The NTSB said 144 passengers and five crew members were on board.Southwest Airlines Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly expressed gratitude that no one else was seriously injured, but described the passenger’s death as a “tragic loss.”“This is a sad day, and our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased customer,” Kelly said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.Kelly said he was not aware of any issues with the Boeing 737, which was last inspected on Sunday. No issues with the plane or engine were reported at that time, he said, calling the Boeing 737 the “workhorse of the airline industry.”The engine that failed had gone through 40,000 cycles, Kelly said, adding that it had been 10,000 cycles since it was last overhauled. Engines are typically overhauled after 30,000 cycles, Kelly said.The accident appears to be the first of its kind for the company, Kelly said. “To my knowledge, it’s the first time we have lost a window.”Kelly commended the crew and described the flight’s captain as “very experienced,” adding that he started at the company in 1994 and has been a captain for “well over a decade.”“They did their jobs superbly today,” Kelly added.NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt described the emergency as engine failure. The crew reported damage to the main body of the plane, an engine and a window, the Federal Aviation Administration said.Kelly said in a statement that the victim’s family are the company’s “immediate and primary concern, and we will do all that we can to support them during this difficult time and the difficult days ahead.”“I’m immensely grateful there are no other reports of injuries, but truly this is a tragic loss,” Kelly said. “Please join us in offering thoughts and prayers and support to all of those affected by today’s tragedy.”In a statement, Boeing expressed its “deepest condolences” to the victim’s family.The runway was closed for more than two hours before reopening.The NTSB and the FAA still are investigating, and Boeing said it is providing technical help to the investigation, with which Southwest is cooperating.The NTSB has asked witnesses with videos or images to contact the agency directly via email.The last accidental domestic airline fatality was in 2009, when Colgan 3407 crashed near Buffalo, New York, killing all 49 on board and a person on the groundCopyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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Senator Braun Announces Staff Mobile Office Hours for July 2019

first_imgU.S. Senator Mike Braun announced his staff mobile office hours in July to better assist Hoosiers.“I have been working hard on behalf of Hoosiers in D.C. to lower prescription drug prices, overhaul our healthcare system, and stop government overreach,” said Senator Mike Braun. “My staff will be holding mobile office hours around the state to better assist Hoosiers in these areas and other concerns.”– MOBILE OFFICE HOURS – Jasper Tuesday, July 23 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMJasper Mayor’s Office610 Main StreetJasper, INLoogootee Tuesday, July 30 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMLoogootee Mayor’s Office401 John F Kennedy AvenueLoogootee, INPrinceton Friday, July 12 at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PMToyota Event Center on the Fairgrounds709 N Embree StreetPrinceton, IN FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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No New Daily Coronavirus Cases Reported in Cape May County

first_imgCape May County is reporting no new daily cases of COVID-19 for the first time since April 5. “People have taken great personal responsibility in keeping safe and we have seen the results,” Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton said in a press release Wednesday. “As we continue to open up our state, we ask people to continue to be smart about keeping six feet distance or wearing a mask when proper social distancing can’t take place.”Although no new cases were reported Wednesday, overall 639 residents have been infected by the virus countywide and there have been 49 deaths, including 39 at long-term care facilities.While the number of new COVID-19 cases is trending downward in the county, progress continues to be made in expanding testing options for the disease. Because of the actions taken by residents of social distancing, hand washing, and wearing a mask, the positivity rate has dropped as the amount of testing options increased, according to the release. For the week between May 17 and May 23, it is calculated that the positivity rate in tests was 2.5 percent. During this time, at least 2,174 tests were performed, or 310 per day. In total, 56 positive tests were returned during this stretch. The tests are sent to various labs across the country to process. While all the positive tests are returned, it is unclear if all the negatives come back, and the number of tests run per day during that period could be higher as a result. This would only potentially decrease the positivity rate, the release said. “Our Health Department has done amazing work with the health community and now private companies who are stepping up to providing COVID-19 testing,” said Freeholder Jeff Pierson, liaison to the Health Department. “We continue to see more testing options for residents and encourage anyone who thinks they might have symptoms to get tested.” Testing locations for COVID-19 now include Cape Regional Urgent Care in Wildwood, Marmora, and Cape May Court House, Cape Regional Hospital, Complete Care Health Network, and CVS in Seaville. Proof of insurance is not needed at the Cape Regional Urgent Care locations. There are also other out-of-county testing options for people, such as the state testing facilities.last_img read more

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Harris + Hoole ramps up expansion

first_imgHarris + Hoole, the Tesco-backed coffee shop venture from Taylor St Barista, has revealed plans to open 10 more sites.M&C Report, a sister title of British Baker aimed at the eating-out market, has claimed the roll-out of the sites will take place in the south east over the next four months.The 14-strong group, which has already secured a number of former high street retail units, is set to open a further seven sites across London, including a flagship site in Cannon Street, plus outlets in Guildford, Sunbury and Watford.Meanwhile, the group has also employed Sean Burlinson, former menu development chef at Spirit Pub Company, to oversee the food offer across its regional sites.Burlinson left Spirit earlier this year, where he had developed menus for its Flaming Grill and John Barras brands.last_img read more

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The Classic Smashing Pumpkins Lineup Is Reportedly Reuniting For The First Time Since 2000

first_imgWith 2016 being the year of reunions, there’s a good chance we can add Smashing Pumpkins to the list. With drummer Jimmy Chamberlin returning to his drum kit, guitarist James Iha reuniting with band members, and D’arcy Wretzky hinting at a potential bass comeback, frontman Billy Corgan has now confirmed plans of a future.  “There’s some big stuff happening,” he explained in a Facebook vlog yesterday. “We’re making plans. I can’t give that away, but it’s going to be interesting.”No further details were given, but an “industry source” reportedly told Consequence of Sound that a Smashing Pumpkins reunion is in the works, complete with shows and festival slots to be determined for next summer. While no definitive plans have leaked, the possibility of this epic reunion is a very exciting thought. If the original lineup were all to agree, it would be the first time they’ve all performed together since the band’s breakup in 2000. The band has since continued with a rotating cast of characters, but the original lineup is what made the name.Corgan has made several mentions over the years about the future of Smashing Pumpkins, ultimately leaving the door open to a return of the original lineup. The spirits seem to be high between the members, and we can only keep our fingers crossed at this point.last_img read more

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Remembering Bob Marley: Phish, Clapton, SCI, Eddie Vedder, GSBG, & More Pay Tribute

first_imgOn May 11th, 1981, the world lost the celebrated poet, philosopher reggae icon Bob Marley. From his humble birth on his grandmother’s farm, Marley rose to the status of cultural icon. The laid-back island vibe of his music ran in contrast to the passionate way he addressed the topics of equality, love, and hope. It’s difficult to fully grasp the impact he has had on our society as a whole, but, of all he left behind, nothing is more important than the music.Marley’s songs are ingrained in the world’s collective conscious, and musicians continue to pay tribute by performing them. Enjoy this video playlist of some of our favorites, and join us in remembering Bob Marley on the anniversary of his death.Phish – “Trenchtown Rock”On the 11th of August, 1998, jam band superstars Phish took the stage and blew the crowd away with a stellar version of Marley’s “Trenchtown Rock”. Check out their take below:[Video: deadphishpanthers76]Eric Clapton – “I Shot The Sheriff”A whole section of the music-loving population got introduced to Marley’s music, thanks to Eric Clapton‘s chart-topping cover of Marley’s classic “I Shot The Sheriff”. Listen to a stellar version of the tune from 2010’s Crossroads Festival below:[Video: RHINO]Eddie Vedder & Beyonce – “Redemption Song”Eddie Vedder and his band Pearl Jam have often covered Marley’s plaintive “Redemption Song”, but the night Vedder was joined onstage by superstar Beyonce, the version they performed transformed the song into something all their own.[Video: Beyoncé LEGENDAS]The Fugees – “No Woman No Cry”Hip-hop supergroup The Fugees were known for liberally mixing reggae flavors into their musical stew, and their wildly popular cover of “No Woman No Cry” helped show that Marley’s music was open to endless reinterpretation.  Check it out below:The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute – “One Love”An all-star memorial tribute to Marley in 1999 featured his children, alongside superstars like Lauryn Hill, Chrissie Hynde, Chris Robinson, and many more. The show ended with everyone coming out on stage for a joyous version of “One Love”. Check it out below:[Video: LAUTAREX VIDEOS]Greensky Bluegrass – “Could You Be Loved”Showing that Bob Marley’s music knows no boundaries, Greensky Bluegrass adapts his island flavor into their roots music style with surprisingly heartwarming deftness on their version of “Could You Be Loved”. Fire it up below for an uplifting musical experience.[Video: GreenskyBluegrass]The String Cheese Incident – “Exodus”The String Cheese Incident is a band of many influences, but during this version of Marley’s album title track “Exodus”, they show just how in tune they are with his legendary vibe. Have a listen below:[Video: The String Cheese Incident]Matisyahu – “Running Away”The reggae love runs deep in Matisyahu, and he has covered many of Marley’s tunes over the years. We decided that his version of “Running Away” was his finest representation of Marley’s spirit, and placed it below for all to hear.[Video: Billboard]Umphrey’s McGee – “Lively Up Yourself”Jam band shredders Umphrey’s McGee is known for some stellar covers, and their version of “Lively Up Yourself” with special guest Adam Smirnoff from Lettuce was one for the ages. Check it out below.[Video: TheQuinnski]Tara Nevins – “Talkin Blues”Tara Nevins, a founding member of Donna The Buffalo, took an American approach to interpreting Marley’s lesser heard “Talkin’ Blues”, and the results were very enjoyable. Check it out below:Sublime – “Zimbabwe”Bradley Nowell and his cohorts in Sublime were more to the ska end of the reggae influences, but this stripped down acoustic version of Marley’s “Zimbabwe” shows that they were more than capable of treating the material with proper reverence. Give a listen below:Of course, this is just a portion of the many, many bands who have taken Bob Marley’s work to the stage. It’s a sure sign of the respect and love Marley inspired that so many of the most talented musicians in the world list him as an inspiration. In good times and bad, Marley had his music to sustain him, and his work has lit the way for endless numbers of people weary of the weight of the world.“When the music hits you, you feel no pain.”last_img read more

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COVID: New Website Offers Mental Health Help

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.NEW YORK – There’s a new website to address the mental and emotional health challenges created by the global Coronavirus pandemic.The pandemic crisis services coalition website aims to help connect those in need with appropriate mental health resources.Until now, there’ hasn’t been a comprehensive searchable database making it harder for people to find help quickly.The new site’s database is searchable by state, contact method, type of support needed, and categories. Topics include anxiety, substance or domestic abuse, depression, and more.The PCSRC website also has articles to aid in coping with the impact of the pandemic, as well as information tailored to frontline workers.It partners with groups like the national suicide prevention lifeline, the Trevor Project and the disaster distress help-line. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Pecan Harvest

first_imgTropical Storm Irma broke pecan tree limbs, knocked trees down and blew nuts off the trees and out of their shucks when it moved through Georgia in early September, yet University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells is still optimistic about this year’s crop. He estimates yields ranging from 85 to 100 million pounds.The pecan harvest season is well underway and Georgia farmers are taking advantage of dry weather and good prices, Wells said. As a result, the pecan market softened in recent weeks, lowering some prices. Wells doesn’t expect the price to stay low for long.“We often see this trend when the nuts really start rolling in every year. The last several years, the price bumped back up again after a couple of weeks as many growers started holding pecans. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this happen again,” Wells said.The crop’s development was ahead of schedule by about 10 days this year. All varieties are currently being harvested, and due to the early timing of nut maturity, Wells expects most of this year’s harvest to be completed by early December.Before pecans fully mature, they are enclosed in a green shuck, or husk. When Tropical Storm Irma moved through the state on Sept. 11, a lot of those immature pecans were knocked to the ground, rendering them useless.Early on in the harvest season, as many as one-third of the nuts brought into some cleaning plants were rejected, Wells said. Many of these were nuts that blew off the trees as green shucks.“When we were able to survey the damage after Irma, we estimated that as much as 30 percent of this year’s crop was lost. But now as pecan loads are brought in, we are seeing just how much of the crop suffered damage, with the green shucks that were blown out and quality losses from the nuts getting battered around in the trees by the wind,” Wells said.Georgia farmers are reporting that 3 to 5 percent of the nuts in harvested loads have cupping, or the tail end of the nut failing to fill out. Cupping is identified by a hollow spot on the bottom of the kernel. Wells attributes cupping to nuts coming out of the shuck, being blown off with the shucks open during the storm, or suffering shuck damage by high winds.“Some of these nuts could also have had a broken peduncle, which is the stem attaching the nut to the tree, in the storm and failed to develop properly. There is a possibility that pollination could have affected this as well, though I think the storm is the main culprit,” Wells said. “Some growers have blown these nuts a little harder in the cleaning plant and cleaned up those loads. But it cost them a few pounds.”For up-to-date information about Georgia’s pecan crop, see Wells’ blog at http://blog.extension.uga.edu/pecan/author/lwells/.last_img read more

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Outdoor Updates: Great White Pinged off North Carolina Coast

first_imgGreat white shark pinged off the coast of Kitty Hawk, NC Maryland welcomes its first national marine sanctuary Maryland’s Mallows Bay has officially become a national marine sanctuary by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Mallows Bay is located along the Potomac River and is an 18-square-mile stretch of water that houses the submerged remains of vessels dating as far back as the American Revolution. This is the first national marine sanctuary designated in the past 19 years. In total, there are 13 national marine sanctuaries, which make up a network of “underwater parks” encompassing more than 600,000-square miles of water.  It turns out that Sammut had discovered an 1894 Winchester rifle. After tracking down a few digits of the serial number, he was able to date the gun between 1896 and 1908. While it’s unknown why the gun was buried in the ground or whom it belonged to, Sammut says he feels lucky to have found the mysterious rifle. “It’s just been a very amazing experience to be able to find an old relic that people have literally walked past God knows how many times,” he said. “I’m the person who found it. I feel like I hit the lotto.” Scientists originally thought that Cabot pinged in the Albemarle Sound, located inside of the Outer Banks. The last time a shark swam inside of the Albemarle Sound was in 2017, when a 300-pound tiger shark entered those waters. An updated ping the following day, however, showed Cabot on the outside of the Outer Banks near Kitty Hawk.  A 533-pound great white shark has been identified in coastal waters off of Kitty Hawk, NC. The great white shark, named “Cabot,” is 9’8” and was tagged in Nova Scotia. The shark pinged off of the coast of Kitty Hawk on November 13 just after 8pm. Great whites are often found in the coastal North Carolina waters as they migrate up and down the Atlantic coast.  California man finds antique rifle while out for a hike Chalk this up as another bizarre find by an astute hiker. Joey Sammut of Laguna Beach, CA, was out hiking with friend on a trail near his neighborhood when he spotted a metal object sticking out of the ground. “[It] looked like a pair of gardening shears to me,” Sammut said in a recent interview. But when he reached down to pick the object up it was heavier than he was anticipating. Further investigation revealed a barrel, trigger and hammer. Sammut turned to his friend and said, “Oh my God, is this a gun?”last_img read more

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If demographics is destiny, is your credit union dead?

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I shouldn’t start my first day of the work week with one of those credit unions are doomed blogs but I can’t resist. The truth is radical demographic shifts are taking place and like any other business, if you’re not adjusting to these trends then you’re destined to fail. In the immortal words of Ted Turner, “You can either leave, follow, or get out of the way.” After all, whoever said demographics is destiny was spot on.What has me thinking so negatively this morning is this great article in the Wall Street Journal reporting that the biggest single age cohort is 26 year olds who number 4.8 million. People ages 25 and 27 also follow close behind. In other words, we are now seeing the shift away from the baby boomers to people in their 20’s and 30’s who are on the verge of buying a house or getting married for the first time. All those things you typically have to go to a bank or credit union for. Interestingly, Millennial make up about 42% of home buyers today and 71% are first time home buyers. As this survey from the National Association of Realtors shows, Millennial are more skeptical about the economy than their elders but they are still a key part of the home buying industry. continue reading »last_img read more

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