Pilot With Nerves of Steel

Emma Burleigh, Contributor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






This past Tuesday, Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, Navy veteran and current pilot of Southwest Airlines, heroically brought Flight 1380 out of New York to a safe landing near the outskirts of Philadelphia.

When the engine of the plane exploded, shrapnel was flung against a window, causing it to break and resulting in a woman being partially sucked from her seat. After struggling to retrieve her, in air CPR was performed until the plane came to an emergency landing.

Passengers on board were sure they were plummeting to their deaths. It was noted to be “nothing short of extraordinary” when the former fighter pilot calmly steered the plane towards a successful landing. She has become acclaimed for her nerves of steel.

While many claim to owe their lives to Shults and hail her as a hero, she expresses her deepest condolences to the family of the woman, who lost her life that day. Shults is recognized in our nation for her undeniable skills in maneuvering the plane to safety and also for her compassion towards all passengers on Flight 1380.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email