Tammie Jo Shults

Tammie Jo Shults, is a former fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy.

She was flying the Southwest Airline plane that had 149 people onboard, when one of the engines exploded about 20 minutes into the flight.

Shults’ father, Rusty Bonnell, was a farmer and raised his family on a ranch in Otero County.

Shults graduated from Tularosa High School in 1979 and was very active in several school groups, including National Honor Society, student council, Future Farmers of America and cheerleading.


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