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Wells Fargo executive dies in Southwest Airlines accident

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Staff Writer | April 18, 2018
A Wells Fargo executive from New Mexico has been identified as the woman who died after a Southwest Airlines jet plane blew an engine and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window.
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Accident   Jennifer Riordan
News of Jennifer Riordan’s death was first shared by the assistant principal of the Albuquerque Catholic school attended by her two children.

In an email to parents, assistant principal Amy McCarty wrote that “the family needs all the prayers we can offer.”

Riordan was a mother of two and vice president of community relations for Wells Fargo bank. She was the wife of Michael Riordan, who served until recently as the chief operating officer for the city of Albuquerque.

The New Mexico Broadcasters Association on social media said Riordan was a graduate of the University of New Mexico and former board member.

Southwest Airlines says it’s speeding up inspections of engines like the one that failed and sent debris smashing into a plane window, leading to the death of a passenger.