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Southwest Has First US Airline Fatality in 9 Years

Shoshanna Delventhal

Southwest Airlines Co. ( LUV) was the first airline to report a passenger death since 2009 this Tuesday after one of its Boeing Co. ( BA) 737 jetliner's suffered an in-flight engine failure. The engine, which broke apart at more than 30,000 feet, sprayed metal prices through the fuselage and forced the jet to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia. April 17's rare airline fatality was caused by the rupture of one of two CFM56-7B engines on a Boeing 737-700 operated by the Dallas-based discount carrier.