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Hero pilot visits Pueblo to discuss new book

Tammie Jo Shults speaks in Pueblo
Hero pilot visits Pueblo to talk about new book
Posted at 10:41 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-02 00:41:26-04

PUEBLO — The pilot who landed the 2018 Southwest flight that suffered an engine failure, which sent shrapnel flying through one of the windows and killed one passenger, spoke in Pueblo about a new book she has written.

Tammie Jo Shults was one of the first female pilots in the military. Shults spoke at the Center for American Values in Pueblo on Friday evening, about the release of her new book titled "Nerves of Steel." She said her fighter pilot training allowed her to stay calm when Flight 1380 was going down. Now, she's been dubbed a hero for saving the rest of the passengers on board, and she's encouraging everyone, but especially young women, to pursue a career in aviation. "There were many doors that were barely open or not open whenever I started, they're open now. And it's such a great, great opportunity," said Shults.

Due to the work of Shults, more than one hundred people on that flight were saved.

Her book, Nerves of Steel, is now available for purchase.