Southwest Pilot Credited For Saving Lives

Mark Makela  Reuters

Mark Makela Reuters

A Southwest Airlines pilot who made an emergency landing Tuesday after the jet apparently blew an engine, got hit by shrapnel and lost a window, is being praised for her "nerves of steel" in helping to prevent a far worse tragedy after the catastrophe killed one passenger and left seven others hurt. During her senior year of high school in 1979, a retired colonel addressed her dismissively at a vocational day.

And she landed that plane, and no one expressed surprise that she was up to the job because that's what good pilots do.

The plane was bound from NY to Dallas, and seven of the 144 passengers aboard were injured in addition to the one fatality.

The captain and her crew have been heralded for keeping their calm during an incredibly unsafe situation with Shults being described as a "hero" with "nerves of steel". "And thank God, I really believe, that you know, just God had a hand on her, he had her in that place, and she was there for a reason", Maloney said. The audio transmissions revealed her asking for immediate medical help upon landing at the Philadelphia International Airport, stating that they have injured passengers.

Impressive lady! I expect Tammie Jo Shults to get at least the @Captsully treatment!

Pilots Tammie Jo Shults, who has been hailed as a hero for her calm response to the mid-air calamity, and Darren Ellisor said, "we were simply doing our jobs", when they safely brought the Boeing 737 down for an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

'Our hearts our heavy. We are so appreciative of the outpouring of support from family, friends and our community.

Shults and Ellisor said they won't be partaking in any interviews, and "ask that the public and the media respect our focus".

- The pilot who suggests that the woman with her plane parked nearby should take a "pinch hitter" course so she can learn to land it.

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Shults was among the first female pilots "to transition to tactical aircraft" such as fighter jets, the Navy says. She grew up near an Air Force base and was determined early on to become a pilot.

Veteran Navy combat aviator Linda Maloney told the Dallas Morning News when she heard her friend Tammie Jo Shults was behind the controls she texted her "News travels fast".

Evidently hoping to simplify communications as she and the crew dealt with a dynamic situation, Shults later announces, "We need a single channel".

"She was so cool and calm and put together in the face of a crisis and that is Tammie Jo".

After landing the plane, Shults greeted every person getting off the plane.

First Baptist, which cooperates with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, affirms a confession of faith that largely parallels the Baptist Faith and Message, including Article XVIII on the family. My brother says she's the best pilot he knows.

"It was because of Him, not her", Thompson said.

She's been facing down those unjust, sexist stereotypes her entire adult life. "He was the captain".

- The commercial pilot who goes to an aviation conference and is ignored by the airplane salesman passing out brochures to all the other (male) pilots in the crowd, though she may well be the most experienced flier of the lot.

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