Southwest's damaged 737-700 following the incident (Photo: NTSB)

The Fallout from Southwest Flight 1380’s Engine Failure

On April 17, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 took off from New York's LaGuardia Airport bound for Dallas Love Field with 144 passengers and five crew onboard. As the jet neared its cruising altitude, passengers heard an explosion as the cabin rapidly depressurized, shrapnel tearing through the side of the aircraft's fuselage, leading a large hole that began to suck out the air, and even one passenger. Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, N.M. was killed after she was partially pulled out…