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'We Are Going Down': Southwest Makes Emergency Landing In Philadelphia

The engine on a Southwest Airlines plane is inspected as it sits on the runway at the Philadelphia International Airport after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

A Southwest plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after experiencing serious engine trouble Tuesday on a flight from New York to Dallas. Passengers reported that a woman was injured.

"Something is wrong with our plane! It appears we are going down!" passenger Marty Martinez said in a live-stream video as he breathed through an oxygen mask.

One of the plane's windows was blown out and parts of an engine were ripped off, based on photos taken by passengers on Flight 1380 and by people at the scene.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane landed "after the crew reported damage to one of the aircraft's engines, as well as the fuselage and at least one window." The Boeing 737-700 had 143 passengers and five crew members on board heading to Dallas Love Field, according to the airline.

Southwest Airlines said it is "in the process of gathering more information" and did not immediately indicate what caused the trouble. The FAA says it is investigating the incident, which will be led by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Martinez said on Facebook that an explosion outside the window injured a woman sitting next to it. Passenger Kristopher Johnson also told CNN that a passenger was injured. Authorities have not confirmed that anyone on the flight was injured.

"All of a sudden we just heard this loud bang rattling and then felt like one of the engines went out, the oxygen masks dropped," Johnson told the broadcaster. "We just got the mask on, and as soon as we landed we were thankful. The pilots did a great job, the crew did a great job, got us down in Philly."

The flight tracker FlightAware shows that the plane took off from New York's LaGuardia Airport at 10:27 a.m. ET, then suddenly turned sharply toward Philadelphia, where it landed at 11:23 a.m.

Philadelphia International Airport said the plane landed safely and that passengers were taken to the terminal. It added that people on other flights to and from the airport should expect delays.

CNN video showed the plane on the tarmac as rescue workers operated around it. Firefighting foam was visible on one side of the plane.

Although the airline hasn't officially confirmed what led to the emergency landing, Aviation analyst Miles O'Brien told CNN that the images of the plane show signs of "uncontained engine failure."

He said this could mean that a piece of the engine came off and escaped from the cowling. "And this could be a very hazardous situation because essentially those are ... pieces of shrapnel that come off at very high rates of speed and can easily pierce the skin of the aircraft."

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