Passengers rushed to her aid, spending several minutes pulling her away from the hole, until she was brought back into the cabin. Max Kraidelman, a passenger onboard the flight, said: "The top half of her torso was out the window. There was a lot of blood because she was hit by some of the shrapnel coming off the engine after it exploded."
The woman, who later died on Tuesday, was identified as Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old community relations leader and mother of two from Albequerque, New Mexico, according to CNN. Her death is the first in the history of Southwest Airlines and the first in American commercial airline travel since 2009, according to National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt.
Amid the chaos, Shults landed the plane safely in Philadelphia at 11:20 am. Her feat of landing a severely damaged aircraft without further incident is being hailed as a triumph. Shults is one of the first female U.S. Navy fighter pilots in history, and of the first pilots to fly the F/A 18 jet. She's 56-years-old, hails from Albuquerque, and reportedly walked up and down the aisle of the aircraft after the landing to make sure passengers were OK.