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Wells Fargo mourns executive who died on Southwest Airlines flight

NTSB investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
NTSB investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Wells Fargo is mourning an executive who died Tuesday on a Southwest Airlines flight.

Jennifer Riordan, 43, was a community relations leader in New Mexico for the San Francisco-based bank, which has its biggest employee hub in Charlotte.

"The Wells Fargo family is saddened to learn of the death of our friend and colleague Jennifer Riordan," the company said in a statement. "She was a well-known leader who was loved and respected. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Out of respect for the family and their privacy, we’ve nothing more to share at this time."

The family called Riordan their "bedrock" and asked those mourning her passing to "be kind, caring and sharing" in her honor. The death generated an outpouring of grief from Albuquerque, N.M., 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.

In a tweet, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said the city "lost a thoughtful leader who has long been part of the fabric of our community."

The New York-to-Dallas Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Philadelphia Tuesday after an engine failure at 30,000 feet. Shrapnel from the explosion smashed a window on the plane.

As a precaution, Southwest says it will inspect similar engines in its fleet during the next 30 days.

The Associated Press contributed.


Rick Rothacker: 704-358-5170, @rickrothacker
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