Wells Fargo mourns employee Jennifer Riordan’s death in Southwest accident

Wells Fargo on Tuesday expressed condolences to the family of Jennifer Riordan, a New Mexico-based community relations executive at the bank who died from injuries sustained when a Southwest Airlines plane blew an engine in midair.

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“The Wells Fargo family is saddened to learn of the death of our friend and colleague Jennifer Riordan – a Community Relations leader in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 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 bank said in a statement.

Riordan was a mother of two children and the wife of Michael Riordan, the former chief operating officer for the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, WTXF reported. A vice president at Wells Fargo, she had worked in the communications and community relations industry for more than two decades.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez also extended sympathies to Riordan’s family.

Riordan was hit by shrapnel after the Boeing 737 plane’s engine exploded during a flight from New York to Dallas, damaging the plane’s fuselage and shattering a window. Flight 1380 made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the circumstances that led to the incident, which marked the first U.S. passenger fatality on a domestic carrier’s plane since 2009.