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Woman Partially Sucked Out of Jet When Window Breaks Mid-Flight; Plane Lands Safely in Philadelphia

•, By NBC10 Staff

A passenger died and seven others were injured after the engine of a Southwest Airlines jet blew open in mid-air — sending debris into the plane's body and causing a window to burst.

Passengers described hearing the Boeing 737-700's left engine explode about 20 minutes after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport Tuesday morning. The plane violently depressurized when the window broke open.

The pressure change apparently pulled a female passenger partially out of the jet, according to a family member of another passenger.

Relaying information from his daughter-in-law who was on the flight, Todd Baur told NBC10 the woman was partially "drawn out" of the plane before being "pulled back in by other passengers."

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