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Mrs Riordan, a bank executive and mother-of-two, was killed after the engine blew and hurled shrapnel at a plane window, which she was partially sucked out of.

It has also been revealed she was wearing her seatbelt at the time.

It comes after a retired nurse detailed the terrifying moment when shrapnel struck Mrs Riordan’s window and pulled her through the hole, almost completely sucking her out of the aircraft.

Peggy Phillips was sitting a row in front of Mrs Riordan when the engine exploded on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 from New York to Dallas on Tuesday.

Peggy Phillips tried to save Jennifer Riordan on the Southwest Airlines flight. Picture: ABC

Peggy Phillips tried to save Jennifer Riordan on the Southwest Airlines flight. Picture: ABCSource:Supplied

Ms Phillips told US network ABC despite everyone’s best efforts, Ms Riordan could not be saved.

Firefighter Andrew Needum and Tim McGinty, a ranch hand who was travelling with his wife, helped pull the woman back inside the plane.

Firefighter Andrew Needum and Tim McGinty. Picture: Facebook

Firefighter Andrew Needum and Tim McGinty. Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied

Tim McGinty with nurse Peggy Phillips. Picture: Facebook

Tim McGinty with nurse Peggy Phillips. Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied

“The window had broken and the suction, the negative pressure, had pulled her outside the plane partially,” she said. “These two wonderful men the EMT and a passenger managed to get her back inside the plane and we lay her down and we started CPR.”

Mr McGinty told the TV network FOX4 what happened.

Source : http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/southwest-airlines-incident-passenger-tells-why-jennifer-riordan-couldnt-be-saved/news-story/4a33baf47862230c21d45f37b5f8cb0a

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