Tumlinson and his wife Diana McBride Self spent the week in New York City for a Texas Farm Bureau Gala. Tuesday morning they boarded Southwest flight #1380 from LaGuardia to Dallas.
About 30 minutes into the flight, Tumlinson said he heard a loud boom and felt the plane rattle. Within seconds, oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling and flight attendants instructed passengers to stay calm and brace for impact.
Four rows ahead of him Tumlinson said he saw a hole in the side of the plan and a passenger being sucked out.
"The gentleman across from her pulled her back in," he said.
He stayed calm for his wife, but thought those were going to be his last moments alive.
"It was an experience that I never want to experience again," he said.
Southwest Airlines offered for them to stay in a Philadelphia hotel for the night, but Tumlinson said they decided to head back to Corpus Christi. He added that the flight crew did an incredible job to keep everyone calm during the terrifying ordeal.
"(I want to) put my feet on Texas soil," he said. "That's what I want to do."
When he spoke to KRIS 6 News, Tumlinson was waiting to board a flight to Dallas where they would board a connecting flight to San Antonio, and then drive back to Corpus Christi.
"You can't live scared, he added. "You just got to get back on it."
Alfred Tumlinson along with his wife was aboard that plane as the incident unfolded according to social media post.
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