Donald Trump Praises Bravery of Southwest Airlines Crew and Passengers After Plane Explosion

Tammie Jo Shults
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President Donald Trump welcomed members of the crew and passengers of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 to the White House on Tuesday, praising them for their bravery after one of the plane’s engines exploded.

“These Americans responded with tremendous bravery and everybody’s talking about it,” Trump said. “The actions of the crew and passengers of Southwest Flight 1380 show the great character of our nation.”

The president praised the Captain of the flight, Tammie Jo Shults, who safely landed the flight and the crew and some of the passengers.

“Tammie did an incredible job,” he said.

Trump also remembered Jennifer Riordan, a bank executive who was killed on the flight as she was nearly sucked out of the plane.

“We send our prayers to Jennifer’s husband and their two beautiful young children, we ask God to hold this family close as they grieve the loss of a loving wife and mother,” he said.

Trump praised the crew members for assisting in the landing.

“You were a little bit nervous up there?” Trump asked two of the women.

“Not at all,” they replied.

“They said you were calm and strong and cool,” Trump said. 

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