Texas Cowboy Tried to Save Passenger on Southwest Flight

U.S. Navy fighter pilot Tammie Jo Shults who later became a commercial pilot for Southwest Airlines. She was the pilot of Southwest Flight 1380

Texas Cowboy Tried to Save Passenger on Southwest Flight

For years, people such as myself have been arguing that gender discrimination doesn't just hurt women: It hurts all of us, our economy, our efficiency, and, yes, even our safety. "So I thought, 'Well, I'll sit here'".

Meanwhile, the only thing his wife Amanda could think of were their three daughters age 2, 4, and 6.

Mackey said she and others are experiencing survivor guilt, especially because the airline allows passengers to pick their own seats.

She later was an instructor for the EA-6B Prowler, an electronic warfare plane that counts jamming radar systems and gathering radio intelligence among its responsibilities, and for the F/A-18, a carrier-capable combat jet, the records show.

"Pray. Plane blew an engine".

According to reports, the 43-year-old was partially sucked through the window, with her head dragged outside in the depressurisation of the cabin.

Veteran Navy combat aviator Linda Maloney said that she and Mrs Shults were among a small group of women who worked to see the combat exclusion rule repealed.

"Um, I'm sorry, you said there was a hole and somebody went out?"

Whenever I hear a woman's voice come through the plane intercom saying that she's the captain and giving our estimated landing time, I can't help but smile.

McCullough says Tammie Jo Shults' heroic landing is unlikely to change the number of women pilots. Through her commitment to excellence in aviation, she has gained a national platform to give witness to her faith in Christ. Flight 1380 was equipped with CFM engines.

Passengers described the former US Navy fighter pilot as having "nerves of steel" during the chaos before miraculously landing the plane.

"Heck no, she's a strong Christian lady", Green told the Morning News. "I'm going to send her a Christmas card, I'm going to tell you that, with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground".

"We have a Lord that transcends our daily trials".

Shults replied: "Thanks. God is good".

"Sitting by the window - particularly if she was leaning against it the way many people do when they're resting - when it broke the full force of the depressurization would have sucked her right out", said the individual, who asked not to be named to speak candidly about the investigation findings. "I'm trained for emergency situations and it's just exactly what it was".

Shults graduated from flight school in 1989 and then served with Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34 (VAQ-34) until she left active duty in 1993. "That's how she's wired".

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