Hero cowboy, firefighter pulled woman back inside Southwest flight after explosion

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For 20 minutes, the Southwest Airlines jet was a normal flight from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard. The plane was flying at 32,500 feet Tuesday morning as passengers settled in for the nearly four-hour flight. Suddenly, the alarms blared in the cockpit as what sounded like explosions boomed from the left side of the plane. Oxygen masks swiftly dangled from the ceiling.

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When a woman was sucked out of her window on Southwest Flight 1380, a man wearing a cowboy hat and a firefighter pulled her back inside the plane.

The flight traveling from New York City to Dallas suffered an engine failure, and a window exploded.

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Tim McGinty, wearing a cowboy hat and a bandage around his arm, said he tried to pull Jennifer Riordan inside the plane himself, but couldn't do it alone. He was originally seated across the aisle, a few seats ahead of the window explosion.

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"A guy helped, and we got her pulled in and they tried to resuscitate her," he said.

That guy was firefighter Andrew Needum of Celina, Texas.

Together, the men pulled the mother of two back inside the plane.

"My husband lives his life for others every day, and today was such a strong reminder that life is so precious and that there are good people all around us," McGinty's wife, Kristin, said on Facebook last night.

Needum and a nurse performed CPR on Riordan, passenger Sheri Sears said in a Facebook post following the incident.

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Sears said half of Riordan's body was sucked outside the window before McGinty and Needum pulled her back in.

They weren't able to revive Riordan, who died from her injuries.

The plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

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