Heroic Pilot of Flight 1380 Trained in Pensacola

posted by Mary Booth - 

Tammie Jo Shults safely landed Flight 1380 after an engine blew out, a window shattered and a passenger was nearly sucked out of the window. Asked if the plane was on fire, she responded calmly "No, it's not on fire, but part of it's missing."

Who does that?  What kind of person can maintain that kind of calm and focus on the task at hand... landing the plane... knowing there's a gaping hole, a blown engine, and at least one person injured (as we learned later, fatally injured).

We're learning more about pilot Tammie Jo Shults.  When the Air Force wouldn't train her as a pilot, she joined the Navy.  She trained in Pensacola, according to NBC News.  

Those skills were put to the test Tuesday.  

Oh, and if you don't believe me about her level of calmness... LISTEN to this!

This woman is a hero and a badass. I remember when every branch refused to allow women to test for pilot school. Until the @usnavy opened the door. πŸ™πŸ» Kudos to #tammyjoshults πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ β€’ #Repost @huffpost ・・・ Tammie Jo Shults never lost the urge to fly and, after studying medicine in Kansas, applied to the Air Force. It would not let her take the test to become a pilot, but the U.S. Navy did.β € β € She may have drawn on her Navy skills when one of the two engines on her Boeing 737-700 blew and broke apart at 32,000 feet on Tuesday, forcing her to implement a rapid descent toward Philadelphia International Airport.β € β € πŸ“·: Courtesy of Linda Maloney/Military Fly Moms // πŸ“: Reuters β€’ #women #southwest #pilot #hero #shero #inspired #brave #happyending

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Passengers were extremely grateful for her expertise-- 

Our engine that blew out at 38000 ft. A window blew out, a man saved us all as he jumped to cover the window. Unfortunately we lost a passenger to a heart attack. The pilot, Tammy Jo was so amazing! She landed us safely in Philly. God sent his angels to watch over us. I actually heard someone say, there is a God!! #southwest #flight1380 #godsenthisangels #anotherdayofgrace

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A lot of comparisons to Sully, the heroic pilot who landed his plane in the Hudson River.  And yes, there needs to be a movie.... but Shully?  Eh, we'll work on that... 

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