Passenger Who Died on Southwest Flight Was Full of ‘Vibrancy, Passion, and Love’


The family of an Albuquerque bank executive who died on a Southwest Airlines flight says the mother of two was full of “vibrancy, passion, and love.”

Jennifer Riordan’s family said in a statement that the 43-year-old community leader died Tuesday on a plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Passengers say Riordan was partially sucked out of the window after the plane was hit by engine debris.

The family called Riordan the “bedrock of our family” and asked those mourning her passing to “be kind, caring and sharing” in her honor.

The death generated an outpouring of grief from Albuquerque business leaders, elected officials, poets, and activists.

The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce held a moment of silence Tuesday night during a special reception for new University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes.