Southwest Airlines victim identified as mother of two Jennifer Riordan

The victim of a terrifying Southwest Airlines accident has been identified as Jennifer Riordan, a bank executive described as a "remarkable" mother of two.

An engine reportedly exploded on the Boeing 737 flight from New York to Dallas flight on Tuesday, leading to a window being smashed open by shrapnel and a woman being "partially sucked out" of the window. 

It is unclear at this stage whether Jennifer Riordan was that woman.

The plane made an emergency landing at Philadelphia Airport around 11:20am (local time). Riordan was taken to Philadelphia Hospital and later died from her injuries.

The 43-year-old lived with her family in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and worked as a bank executive at Wells Fargo.

Her family have confirmed her death, and said in a statement to to WFAA-TV: "Jennifer's vibrancy, passion and love infused our community and reached across our country. Her impact on everything and everyone she touched can never be fully measured."

The family's statement described her as "the bedrock of our family".

A close friend told KOB news that she was "a remarkable mother".

Mayor of Albuequerque Tim Keller said in a statement that she was a "thoughtful leader who has long been a part of the fabric of our community".

He said her death is a "tremendous and trafic loss".

"Her leadership and philanthropic efforts made this a better place every day and she will be terribly missed."