Hometown honors Southwest Airlines pilot from New Mexico


TULAROSA, N.M. (KRQE) – The Tularosa native who landed last month’s Southwest Airlines flight following an engine explosion got a big honor Tuesday from her hometown.

"Tammie Jo displayed nerves of steel as she made an emergency landing where she safely landed the plane carrying 144 passengers. Now, therefore, I, Margaret Trujillo, Mayor of the Village of Tularosa, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Tammie Jo Shults Day."

Pilot Tammie Jo Shults graduated from Tularosa High in 1979. Back then, she was Tammie Jo Bonnell.

On board that Southwest flight, was Jennifer Riordan from Albuquerque, who was killed when her window blew out. Other passengers credit Shults’ skills as a pilot and quick thinking in saving everyone else on board.

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