The Pilot Who Saved That Southwest Flight Is A Badass

Tammie Jo Shults, reportedly one of the pilots responsible for landing the Southwest Airlines flight 1380 that experienced an engine explosion earlier today, was also one of the first women pilots in the Navy and one of the first women to fly the F/A 18 fighter jet.

Earlier today, flight 1380 was headed from New York to Dallas when its engine exploded. One person was reported dead following the incident, and one person was reportedly partially pulled through a broken window, one person suffered a heart attack, and others were hit with shrapnel.

According to social media posts from some of the 143 passengers on the flight, Tammi Jo Shults was the pilot who managed to navigate the flight for an emergency landing. She reportedly greeted passengers as they exited the plane after the landing.

Shults was one of the first women fighter pilots in U.S. Navy history, as well as being one of the first to pilot the F/A 18 jet, as reported by Heavy.com. Shults is from New Mexico, and joined the Navy in 1985, where she also flew the LTV A-7 Corsair as part of VAQ-34, an electronic aggressor squadron, according to All Hands,