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Life-Saving Pilot To Newsy: 'Everyone Felt The Value Of Human Life'

Tammie Jo Shults was flying a Southwest 737 in 2018 when an engine came apart. Decades of training helped her land, and now she shares her story.

Life-Saving Pilot To Newsy: 'Everyone Felt The Value Of Human Life'
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Capt. Tammie Jo Shults credits her faith and training for the expert flying that guided her and 147 others to a safe landing in a crippled jet in 2018. The flight earned her praise as a "hero," something she humbly rejects. She was doing her job, she says. But it's a job she couldn't have done without the decades that prepared her for it. In a frank interview, she reflects on a historic career, now coming to an end with her retirement.