Tammie Jo Shults, Who Safely Landed Southwest Plane After Engine Explosion, Honored at White House

Playing Southwest Pilot Honored at White House for Heroic Landing

The pilot who successfully landed a Southwest plane after it suffered catastrophic engine trouble, has been given a hero’s welcome at the White House. 

Tammie Jo Shults earned national fame for her handling of the ill-fated Southwest flight last month. 

President Trump honored Shults, the first officer and three flight attendants at the Oval Office Tuesday.

"Tammie really did an incredible job," he said. 

The ex-Navy fighter pilot's flying skills and calm demeanor are credited with bringing the 737 to the ground safely after the plane's left engine exploded.

Passenger Jennifer Riordan was nearly sucked out of the window on Flight 1380, and was killed.  

“Our heart breaks for the family of the passenger who lost her life, Jennifer Riordan," Trump said. "We send our prayers to her husband and two children, and they grieve the loss of a loving wife and mother. She must have been a fantastic woman." 

Five passengers were also invited to the oval office including Tim McGinty, firefighter Andrew Needum and nurse Peggy Phillips, who all did their best to save Riordan’s life.

President Trump said they responded with "tremendous bravery." 

Phillips told Inside Edition she was thrilled to attend the event. 

"When the president calls, you just have to go," she said. "Just drop it all and go. So, I was excited and just really honored." 

The entire group was later given a tour of the White House.

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