Southwest Airlines Pilot Praised for Her 'Nerves of Steel'
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An American pilot who made an emergency landing Tuesday after the plane lost an engine is being praised for her "nerves of steel."
The pilot, Tammie Jo Schults, was flying a Southwest Airlines plane from New York City to Dallas, Texas, when the engine blew and broke apart. She landed the plane safely in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Sharp pieces of the engine struck and broke one of the plane's windows. One passenger died after being partly sucked out of the plane. That passenger, Jennifer Riordan, was sitting next to the window that broke.
Seven other people were hurt.
Schults, who is 56 years old, took the plane into a fast descent. Passengers used oxygen masks and prepared for the force of landing.
Schults' clear thinking during a high-pressure situation helped save many lives.
Schults is familiar with high-pressure situations. She got her first flying experience in the United States Navy, touching down fighter planes at speeds of 240 kilometers per hour.
She was one of the first female fighter pilots in the Navy.
As the Reuters news agency reports, Schults wanted to become a pilot from a young age. In a story on the fighter plane blog F-16.net, she said she tried to attend an aviation career day at her high school. But she was told they did not accept girls.
After serving in the Navy, Schuts joined Southwest Airlines as a pilot. She started working there in 1993.
On Tuesday, Schults calmly told air traffic control that part of her plane was missing, and that she would need emergency workers on the ground after she landed.
Passengers praised Schults for being calm and caring in an extremely difficult situation.
One passenger, Diana McBride Self, wrote on Facebook, "Tammie Jo Schults, the pilot came back to speak to each of us personally. This is a true American Hero...A huge thank you for her knowledge, guidance and bravery..."
Another passenger, Alfred Tumlinson, thanked Shults and her crew. He told the Associated Press, "She has nerves of steel. That lady, I applaud her. I'm going to send her a Christmas card...for getting me on the ground. She was awesome."
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1.emergency landing 紧急迫降
The crew jettisoned excess fuel and made an emergency landing.
2.came back 返回
They came back to view the house again.
3.nerves of steel 钢铁般的意志
He has nerves of steel, and yet I know that he has hardly slept since this terrible event.
4.fighter planes 战斗机
American fighter planes buzzed the city.
5.The pilot, Tammie Jo Schults, was flying a Southwest Airlines plane from New York City to Dallas, Texas, when the engine blew and broke apart.
broke apart 分裂；解体
It says the ship broke apart not far from the shore.
At one point an ice floe the team's tent was moored on broke apart, although no one was injured.
6.Passengers praised Schults for being calm and caring in an extremely difficult situation.
in an extremely difficult situation 处于极其困难的境地
I am to inform you that you have been trapped in an extremely difficult situation.
Her news put me in an extremely difficult situation.
飞行员舒尔茨（Tammie Jo Schults）在执飞西南航空纽约飞德州达拉斯的航班时，飞机引擎突然发生爆炸。舒尔茨将飞机安全降落在宾夕法尼亚州的费城 。
尖锐的引擎碎片击中机身并刺穿飞机舷窗。一位乘客被吸出窗外后因伤重不治身亡 。遇难乘客詹妮弗·赖尔登（Jennifer Riordan）当时正好坐在破碎的舷窗旁 。
乘客戴安娜（Diana McBride Self）在脸书写道：“舒尔茨机长在飞机安全落地后，亲自到客舱安抚所有乘客，这是一位真正的美国英雄......非常感谢你所展现出的专业学识，亲切指挥以及临危不乱的勇气......“
另一位乘客图姆林森（Alfred Tumlinson）也向舒尔茨及全体机组人员致以谢意。他告诉美联社，“机长拥有钢铁般的意志 。那位女英雄，我佩服她 。我要给她寄一张圣诞贺卡，感谢她让我安全落地 。她实在太伟大了 。“