LISTEN: Recordings from Southwest pilot as she lands damaged aircraft

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Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 radio traffic with PHL Tower

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While investigators are trying to find out what caused the engine of a Southwest Boeing 737-700 to explode mid-flight, many are praising the plane’s pilot that the catastrophic failure didn’t cause more deaths.

Tammy Jo Shults brought the one-engine plane down safely at Philadelphia International Airport.

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Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 Radio Traffic upon approach

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The AP reported flight 1380 passenger Alfred Tumlinson said of Shults, "She has nerves of steel. That lady, I applaud her. I'm going to send her a Christmas card -- I'm going to tell you that -- with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground. She was awesome."

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Passengers told the AP that Shults walked through the plane making sure they were OK as soon as they got on the ground.

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The flight left New York with 149 people on board. One person died and seven more were injured when a piece of the engine exploded and a piece of shrapnel broke a window and damaged the plane, the AP reported.