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Actress Molly Ringwald thanks Southwest Airlines for helping save her dad's life

Festival Emperor Bob Ringwald of the Fulton Street Jazz Band rides with his daughter actress Molly Ringwald in the parade at the Sacramento Music Festival in Old Sacramento on Saturday, May 26, 2012.
Festival Emperor Bob Ringwald of the Fulton Street Jazz Band rides with his daughter actress Molly Ringwald in the parade at the Sacramento Music Festival in Old Sacramento on Saturday, May 26, 2012. Sacramento Bee File

Actress Molly Ringwald thanked Southwest Airlines publicly on Twitter this week, saying the swift decision to emergency land a plane saved her father's life.

She also thanked a doctor on board the plane for providing medical attention.

"Because of their speed and professionalism, my father’s life was saved," Ringwald tweeted.

Ringwald did not specify in Thursday's tweet whether she was also on the plane. Her father, Bob Ringwald, is blind.

Southwest, very active on Twitter, responded to the actress's praise: "Molly, we are so happy to hear that your father was taken care of by our crew today. We would love to follow-up further so that we can recognize our crew.”

However, in a statement to Fox News, a spokesman wrote that they could not publicly share any more details about the nature of Ringwald's emergency.

Molly Ringwald, 50, was born and raised in Roseville. She's best known for her roles in 1980s hit movies including "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles" and "Pretty in Pink."

Bob Ringwald is a jazz pianist and leader of Sacramento's Fulton Street Jazz Band. His daughter appeared as a special guest on a recording by the group at the age of 6.

About a week ago, Southwest faced a lot of bad press and left a horrifying impression on some fliers after a blown engine accident on one of its flights killed one passenger.

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