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US President Donald Trump welcomed to the White House on Tuesday (May 1) the pilot of a Southwest Airlines jet which lost an engine in flight and praised the "incredible job" she did in landing the stricken plane.

Tammie Jo Shults, a former fighter pilot with the Navy who was flying the Southwest plane, Flight 1380, with 144 passengers, was hailed as a hero for her calm and focused demeanor during the emergency. "We ask God to hold this family close as they grieve the loss of a loving wife and mother". "We send our prayers to Jennifer's husband and their two attractive young children".

"She must've been a fantastic woman", Trump added. The incident killed one passenger and injured seven others, authorities said. One of the passengers has also sued Southwest, saying she has suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman Robert Sumwalt said it was the first passenger fatality in a US airline accident since 2009. They're still talking about it. Shults, a former fighter pilot with the Navy, was praised for how she handled the hard situation April 17th, managing to safely land the plane. Riordan, who was partially sucked out of the plane, was pulled back inside the cabin by other passengers.

President Trump meets with crew and passengers of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, including pilot Tammie Jo Shults, third from left, in the Oval Office on Tuesday.

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt has said a crack on a blade inside the engine led to the failure that blew debris at the aircraft. At 30,000 feet, passengers heard a bang and felt a bump as a fan blade broke off in the engine, causing it to explode.