May 2, 2018
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Yesterday, President Trump gave a hero’s welcome to the White House to the crew of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 from New York to Dallas, which pilot Tammie Jo Shults landed safely after an engine exploded and debris broke a window. Also welcomed were five passengers who tried to help others, including by pulling passenger Jennifer Riorden back in when she was almost sucked out of the plane and giving her CPR, although she later died. Shults credited her cool head during the crisis to her religious faith and her military experience. She was one of the first group of women to become Navy fighter pilots.

Trump told them it was an honor to meet them, that America is “very, very proud of them,” and that their actions “show the great character of our nation.” Proving that part of that great national character is humility, Shults and First Officer Darren Ellisor have been avoiding the media, but they issued this statement:


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“We all feel we were simply doing our jobs. Our hearts are heavy. On behalf of the entire crew, we appreciate the outpouring of support from the public and our coworkers as we all reflect on one family’s profound loss.”

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