‘Hero’ Southwest Pilot Was Praised For Safe Landing, Having 'Nerves Of Steel’ When Things Looked Grim

April 25, 2018 09:55

Things didn’t look good for the Southwest Airlines flight, but nobody would have guessed it when hearing the calm voice of Tammie Jo Shults, the former Navy fighter pilot, who managed to land the plane after the emergency situation.

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The plane with 149 people on board flying from New York to Dallas blew an engine and was hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage. One passenger was killed and several injured.

Tammie Jo Shults, who was one of the first female fighter pilots in the Navy, took the jet into a rapid descent as passengers with oxygen masks on prayed for the best when they heard “Brace for landing. Brace for landing”.

The landing was rough, nobody was sure that the plane wouldn’t crash. But Tammie calmly guided it to safety. When it was all over, Shults came out of the cabin, talked with everyone, saying they did a great job and making sure they were ok.

The passengers couldn’t stop praising her. One of them said:

She has nerves of steel. That lady, I applaud her. I'm going to send her a Christmas card, I'm going to tell you that, with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground. She was awesome.

Shults stated on the social media that she and the crew were simply doing their job.

We all feel we were simply doing our jobs. Our hearts are heavy. On behalf of the entire crew, we appreciate the outpouring of support from the public and our coworkers as we all reflect on one family's profound loss.

56-year-old Tammie is married to a fellow pilot and has two children. She said that becoming the plane's captain gave her “the opportunity to witness for Christ on almost every flight.”

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