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A woman who was partially sucked out of a window of a US passenger plane after an engine exploded in mid-air has died.

Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after a window, wings and fuselage were damaged. Seven passengers were injured.

Initial findings say an engine fan blade was missing. In a recording, one of the pilots can be heard saying "there is a hole and someone went out".

I fly a lot and never think anything about it if I get a seat that's level with the fan blades on a jet engine. The casing is supposed to stop the main fan blades exiting the engine if they come off.
Strangely, I do think about it (if only for a second) if I'm sat level with the propellers on a turboprop. There's nothing to contain the blades if they come off with one of those.

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