After leaving active duty in early 1993, Shults served in the Navy Reserve until 2001.
For most people, the experience was filled with uncertainty as debris swirled down the aisle of the Boeing 737 and gusts of wind made it hard to hear.
The airline engine is one of the most frequently used engines in the world.
Over the past week the entire airline industry was shocked after the unfortunate death of a woman that was caused by an exploding engine on a Southwest Airlines flight.
In a statement on Saturday, EASA ordered investigations of CFM56-7B enginesafter a fan blade on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 snapped off mid-flight, spraying shrapnel that punctured the aircraft's fuselage causing depressurization. He was one of at least three passengers who said they received the letter.
Riordan died from blunt impact trauma of the head, neck and torso, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said.
"'Injured passengers, okay, and is your airplane physically on fire?' asked the air traffic controller, according to audio of the interaction". I felt moved to act, as well as other people on that plane.
Ms Macken was relieved when Tim McGinty and Andrew Needum helped pull the woman back into the aircraft.
"He started the class by asking me, the only girl in attendance, if I was lost", she said in Linda Maloney's book, "Military Fly Moms". "There was no doubt in my mind what had just happened", Pribble said. "That's how she's wired".
The manufacturer of the jet engine that blew apart at 32,000 feet in a deadly accident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight wants more jets to be inspected for potential problems.
"I remember telling my daughter as a child, 'Well you know, when your dad was going to flight school there was a woman, and she went in and was paving the way for hundreds of other women to finally say I'm going to do this". By the time she left Navy in 1993, she had become a lieutenant commander, received a National Defense Service Medal, expert pistol Marksmanship Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal twice, according to The Post. "We didn't know what was going on", she said. She was once quoted as saying that sitting in the captain's chair gave her "the opportunity to witness for Christ on nearly every flight".
Shults, 56, was featured in Maloney's book "Military Fly Moms" along with the stories and photos of 69 other women US military veterans, and even sang at Maloney's wedding. "In VAQ-34, gender doesn't matter there's no advantage or disadvantage", she said.