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Former USN F-18 Pilot Tammie Jo Shults - Captain Southwest Flight 1830

Old 18th Apr 2018, 00:34
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Former USN F-18 Pilot Tammie Jo Shults - Captain Southwest Flight 1830

Tammie Jo Shults - one of the first female USN F-18 pilots from an era before the USAF would allow her to test out for pilot - was the Captain of Southwest Flight 1830 which today suffered a major in-flight emergency.

At 30,000 ft, a major part of the LH engine became detached and went through a cabin window. A female passenger suffered fatal traumatic head injuries and was partially sucked out of the window but was pulled back in by others onboard. With the aircraft depressurized, the emergency oxygen mask system activated.

The aircraft was successfully recovered to Philadelphia.

Details here including ATC / Aircraft captain audio.

https://heavy.com/news/2018/04/tammi...0-engine-hero/
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Old 18th Apr 2018, 11:58
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Much respect ma’am.
Superbly cool headed.
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The window which was destroyed and which the unfortunate lady was nearly sucked out of is level with the trailing edge wing root, well back from the front of the engine. How was it damaged? A very professionally handled emergency.
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Not to mention the ATCO who also sounded incredibly relaxed.............

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The window which was destroyed and which the unfortunate lady was nearly sucked out of is level with the trailing edge wing root, well back from the front of the engine. How was it damaged?
Flying engine/nacelle parts. Even if the rotating engine bits went radially straight outward, non rotating engine components and the disintegrating nacelle could very well have gone aft as well as outward.
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A good job by all concerned - RiP the passenger who died and condolences to her family
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Similar failure on a CFM56-7B in 2016 - same engine as fitted to P-8A Poseidon.


https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news...480069763.html
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Early update from NTSB on latest failure:

Fan blade broke off at the hub - evidence of metal fatigue.


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Mrs Shults!

Has anyone else noticed how BBC News coverage of this event consistently refers to the pilot as “Mrs Shults”, even though, in the very same reports, they compare her to “Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger”? Come on, Auntie: due respect, please!
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Captain Shults. better than Sergeant Schultz from Hogan's Heroes.

*tips cap to Captain Shults*
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BBC News coverage now appropriately revised: perhaps Auntie follows PPRuNe!
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An emergency handled well, but I can’t help feeling the adulation press coverage referencing the “hero” pilot is - in itself - somewhat patronising; as if it was amazing that a female pilot could perform so well.

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And of course there is the standard gripe that the media seem to not understand that it’s a two pilot operation and were two pilots on the flight deck...........
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..and of course because she's performed well she's "an ex-USN F18 pilot" but if she'd done anything wrong she'd definitely be a "civvy pilot"
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as if it was amazing that a female pilot could perform so well.
Or that any pilot could do operationally what she had done a thousand times already in training and simulations.

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The media my wife had on yesterday, TV stations local and national, seems to have gotten all beside themselves over the Captain hugging some of the passengers once they got on the ground.
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MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY

Thought the situation might have been clearer to everyone involved/in the vicinity if some sort of emergency comms procedure had been followed?
I don't think the FAA state much other than to prefix a call with MAYDAY or PAN PAN preferably repeated 3 times but I reckon it might have been worth a shout.
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Although she would be well practised in single engine landing, I think carrying it out, knowing that a passenger had died would have added even more stress to the situation.
Can’t practise that in the simulator.
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The fact that she got to the Hornet indicates that she was above average.

Good job well done to her and her crew.

Commiserations to family and friends of the unfortunate casualty.
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Footage from inside shows how little attention the SLF paid to the safety briefs, having their oxy masks only over their mouths.

And the adoration of the "hero" pilot who got them down from 30,000 feet to 10,000 feet and saved their lives....bluddy "journalists"
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