Michael Riordan was at home when he got a phone call no one ever hopes to receive.
“We need to speak with Mike Riordan who is married to Jennifer. Are you married to Jennifer Riordan?” the voice on the other end of the line asked the 45-year-old who was preparing to meet his wife at their son’s baseball game that night.
That voice belonged to a chaplain at the Philedelphia hospital where his wife Jennifer Riordan’s body had been taken after she passed away in the first fatal U.S. airline accident in nearly 10 years.
Last week, 43-year-old Jennifer was returning home from a work trip on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 from New York to Dallas when she was partially sucked out of the plane’s window.
The plane's engine failed at around 9100 metres (30,000 feet) in the air - the explosion sent shrapnel flying through the air, smashing through the window by the seat the bank executive was sitting in.