Elizabeth Entenman
April 18, 2018 7:02 am

On Tuesday, April 17th, an engine exploded midair on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 from New York to Dallas. The Southwest Airlines pilot landed the plane safely in Philadelphia, but there was sadly one fatality. The explosion caused a window to break, and a passenger was partially sucked out of the plane. A nurse aboard the flight tried to perform CPR midair after the passenger was dragged back into the main cabin, but sadly, nothing could be done. The woman has been identified as Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Riordan was a beloved figure in the Albuquerque community. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, she is survived by her husband Mike, to whom she was married for over 20 years, and their two children. Riordan was the vice president of community relations at Wells Fargo. Her Twitter bio reads, “@wellsfargo proud Team Member. Wife, mom of two, baseball fan, wine and coffee lover, passionate about my community.” She also took part in The Vision Council, which seeks to give children equal opportunities in education.

Riordan’s family released a heartbreaking statement about her death.

"Jennifer Riordan has passed away as a result of previously reported events on Southwest Airlines flight #1380," the statement reads. "Jennifer's vibrancy, passion and love infused our community and reached across our country. Her impact on everything and everyone she touched can never be fully measured. But foremost, she is the bedrock of our family. She and Mike wrote a love story unlike any other. Her beauty and love is evident through her children. We are so appreciative of the outpouring of support from family, friends and our community. We do ask that those who seek to express their condolences and prayers as well as media outlets respect our privacy at this time. Our family and friends need this time to both grieve and celebrate Jennifer's impact on us all. In her memory--please remember to always be kind, loving, caring, and sharing."

Additionally, Wells Fargo released a statement.

"The Wells Fargo family is saddened to learn of the death of our friend and colleague Jennifer Riordan – a Community Relations leader in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was a well-known leader who was loved and respected. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Out of respect for the family and their privacy, we've nothing more to share at this time," the statement reads.

Others took to Twitter to mourn Riordan’s loss as well.

Our hearts are with Jennifer Riordan’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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