Listen to the cool, calm, collected woman who landed a damaged 737 and saved 149 lives

This is how you hope a pilot is running things up there in the cockpit

April 18, 2018
Jet cockpit

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I want to give props to the incredible pilot of this Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas yesterday –- the woman who landed the plane with one functioning engine.

The other engine basically blew up at 30,000 feet. It sprayed shrapnel into the plane, blew out a window, and killed one of the passengers who started to get sucked out the window – the other passengers pulled her back into the plane. The people on the flight braced for impact and the 737 made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

The pilot is a woman named Tammi Jo Shults; she was one of the first female fighter pilots for the U.S. Navy, and one of the first women to fly an F/A-18 Hornet for the Navy. Some of the 149 people who were on the flight said that she had nerves of steel. That she was incredibly calm. That she was a hero for bringing that plane in safely to the ground in Philadelphia.

Take a couple of minutes, check out this page, and listen to how calm she is as she talks back and forth with an air traffic controller and prepares to land this crippled plane with one engine. They're compairing her to Sully Sullenberger,  that guy who landed the plane on the Hudson River in New York back in 2009.

And speaking of comparisons to men,  I sure hope Tammi Jo Shults is getting paid what the male pilots at Southwest are getting paid!

Here's that link to the cockpit audio.