The Morning Brew: OU professor assisted Southwest Airlines passenger
One passenger was killed in the accident
OU sports beat writer Brooke Pryor tells the tale of an OU professor who found herself in the middle of terrifying situation while aboard a Southwest Airlines flight this week.
Most flights, Hollie Mackey opts for a window seat near the front of the plane.
But on Tuesday, long lines through security at New York's LaGuardia Airport caused her to miss her boarding position and pushed her back a couple rows from her preferred seat.
Because the 10:30 a.m. flight to Dallas was scheduled to be a four-hour haul, the University of Oklahoma associate professor of women's and gender studies chose mobility over comfort. She went with an aisle seat on Row 14 of Southwest Flight 1380.
“I always heard above the wing is the safest place in the plane,” said Mackey, who was flying back from an academic conference. “So I thought, ‘Well, I'll sit here.'”
She had no way of knowing that she was sitting in the most dangerous row of that plane. Soon after takeoff, a blown engine shattered a window and nearly sucked Mackey's seatmate out of the plane.
Jennifer Riordan boarded the Boeing 737 behind Mackey and stopped when she got to Row 14, warmly smiling as she asked if she could slide to the window seat.
A little while after Riordan, a Wells Fargo banking executive from New Mexico, sat down, a preteen girl scooted into the middle seat.