The Other Untold Hero Of Southwest Plane: Cowboy Risks Life To Grab Mom Of 2 Sucked Out Of Window
Cailyn Finkel 4/19/2018
What started off as a normal plane ride quickly devolved into a nightmare on Southwest Flight 1380. The flight was heading to Dallas from LaGuardia Airport in New York when the unthinkable happened.
Several minutes after reaching 30,000 feet, one of the engines exploded. The plane was thrown through the air and shrapnel from the explosion shattered a passenger window.
In a flash, the woman sitting closest to the busted window was partially sucked through the jagged opening. Nearby passengers had seconds to figure out how to save the woman, a mother of two and business executive, Jennifer Riordan, from imminent doom.
One of the people to jump into action was a self-described cowboy named Tim McGinty. The moment Tim saw what happened a few rows ahead of him, he rushed over to the window and did his best to pull Jennifer back inside the plane.
Even though Tim's actions were heroic by any measure, the way he explained the event to USA Today was much more humble.
"A guy helped and we got her pulled in and they tried to resuscitate her."
As soon as Tim pulled Jennifer back in the plane, the "guy," a firefighter from Celinas, Texas named Andrew Needum, started to treat her for her injuries.
Tim's wife Kristen told USA Today that her husband's swift heroism wasn't surprising. It's in his nature to help others when they need it the most.
"My husband loves God and believes our purpose here is to love fiercely and to serve others... Some heroes wear capes, but mine wears a cowboy hat."
Sadly, Tim and Andrew's actions weren't enough to save Jennifer's life. She passed away from accident-related injuries shortly after the explosion. She will be dearly missed by her two children, husband, family, friends and coworkers.
We wish Jennifer's loved ones, and those affected by this horrifying accident nothing but the best during this tough time.