FAA Orders More Inspections of Jet Engines Following Southwest Accident

FAA Orders More Inspections of Jet Engines Following Southwest Accident

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspection of about 220 aircraft engines as investigators have found that a broken fan blade touched off an engine explosion this week on a Southwest flight, killing a passenger.

A similar accident on a Southwest flight in August 2016 forced a plane, equipped with the same engine, to make an emergency landing. It was also first passenger fatality since 2009 for a US commercial airline.

Airlines have been ordered to carry out emergency inspections of jet engines similar to the one on a plane in which a woman died after being sucked from the cabin.

The Boeing 737 used on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 had a fault in one of its CFM56-7B engines.

At issue are the engine fan blades on Boeing 737s. Pieces of the plane were found in rural Pennsylvania by investigators who tracked them on radar.

Riordan died Tuesday after plane's engine exploded, sending shrapnel through a window.

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Riordan was a Wells Fargo banking executive and well-known community volunteer from Albuquerque, New Mexico, the company said. The metal fatigue would not have been observable by looking at the engine from the outside, Sumwalt said. The directive stipulates that these inspections must be completed within the next 20 days.

Pieces of the engine including its cowling - which covers its inner workings - were found about 60 miles (100 km) from Philadelphia airport, Sumwalt said.

This April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez shows the window that was shattered after a jet engine of a Southwest Airlines airplane blew out at altitude, resulting in the death of a woman who was almost sucked from the window during the flight of the Boeing 737 bound from NY to Dallas with 149 people aboard, shown after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

The manufacturer told CNN it has been working with the FAA on the inspection procedures.

The order would have required an inspection on the engine that failed on Tuesday, said the person familiar with the action, who wasn't authorised to speak about it. CFM had previously recommended airlines first inspect engines with 15,000 flights or more, but the engine involved in Tuesday's failure only had 10,000 since its last overhaul and would not have immediately been checked.

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