It was a routine flight until everyone heard a loud bang.

There was an explosion on the plane, one of the engines had completely stopped working, and on Southwest flight 1380, that started what passengers are calling 20 minutes of terror.

But as the oxygen masks fell from the ceiling and as a hole in the side of the airplane caused the whole aircraft to move unpredictably, it was all up to the pilot to bring this disaster to a safe ending.

And that pilot, Tammie Jo Shults, is now a hero.  Her quick thinking and grace under pressure helped saved the lives of hundreds as she skillfully made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. 

This isn’t the first time she has dealt with adversity.

When she tried to attend aviation career day at her high school, she wasn’t allowed to go because they didn’t accept girls. She was one of the first female fighter pilots in the Navy’s history, and the first woman to fly F-18s.

And on tuesday, Tammie Jo Shults saved Southwest 1380. Because she never gave up on her dream.

 

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