Maker of Failed Southwest Airlines Engine Calls for Closer Inspections


Airlines say the number of engines needing blade inspections will be much higher, partly because since last summer more engines have hit the number of flights triggering an inspection. She was a Wells Fargo executive and mother of two children.

Another of Southwest's 737-700s suffered a similar uncontained engine failure in 2016 on a flight to Orlando.

The new order was triggered because the fan blades on the engine that failed Tuesday on a Boeing 737-700 wouldn't have been covered for immediate inspections under the earlier standards.

This was the row of seats where the window was shattered.

Tammie Jo Shults, a former Navy fighter pilot, expertly guided the jet to an emergency landing in Philadelphia, bringing the plane down quickly to prevent further injuries after the cabin depressurized. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 56,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 120 million passengers annually, in recent years. The Boeing 737, bound from NY to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

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The European agency had given airlines nine months to check engines, while USA regulators still were considering what to do.

The airline opposed a recommendation by the engine manufacturer to require ultrasonic inspections of certain fan blades within 12 months.

A cycle includes one take-off and landing. The woman was identified as Jennifer Riordan.

That order will affect about 680 engines globally, including about 350 in the United States, the FAA said.

On the Sunday before the accident, a visual inspection of the engine had found no issues with it. Sumwalt said the cracks in the engine blade were "more than likely not detectable from looking from the outside", reported the Times.

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The EASA had rejected a request by one airline to double the time allowed for checks to 18 months, matching the FAA's roll-out, saying data did not justify that.

The CFM56 arguably the most popular jet engines in the world with more than 30,000 units produced since 1980 and is used on both civilian and military aircraft. Those numbers represent a fraction of the 14,000 CFM56-7B engines are in operation today, according to engine manufacturer CFM International, a joint venture between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.

The European Aviation Safety Agency is adopting similar requirements, said a person familiar with the matter. The NTSB declined to comment on Friday.

The FAA and NTSB have different roles.

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