Southwest engine failure prompts feds to order emergency inspections

An engine on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 exploded killing one passengerEPA

An engine on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 exploded killing one passengerEPA

The agencies have given just 20 days for nearly 700 CFM56-7B engines, made by CFM International, to be examined.

After the frightful incident that occurred on Tuesday, Southwest Airlines is assisting the surviving passengers of Flight 1380. She was a Wells Fargo executive and mother of two children.

The Southwest plane was a Boeing 737 equipped with an engine made by CFM International.

The order, announced on Friday, impacts 680 CFM56-7B engines worldwide, 352 of which are in the United States.

This was the row of seats where the window was shattered. The resultant explosion sent shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment of the fuselage, striking a female passenger and causing the cabin to depressurize, which then pulled the woman's upper body out of the airplane.

'The unsafe condition, ' the FAA said in the order, 'is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same design'.

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The pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia, where the passenger, Jennifer Riordan, was rushed to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.

The European agency had given airlines nine months to check engines, while US regulators still were considering what to do. The airline also complained that the recommendation did not account for the fans that were already inspected and the findings rate, advocating a more "data-informed AD compliance time". A cycle includes an engine start, takeoff, landing and shutdown.

Southwest said its current maintenance program "meets or exceeds the requirements" set in the FAA's emergency order, issued Friday.

The manufacturer of the sort of motor that detonated amid a Southwest Airlines flight prior this week, killing a traveler, called for more stringent testing of the motor's fan cutting edges inside three weeks, it said Friday. After Tuesday's deadly blast, Southwest said it would accelerate trial of these motors and finish the assignment inside 30 days.

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.

Though aircraft engine failures are very rare and the CFM56-7B engine has an otherwise excellent safety record, the two apparently similar engine failures have left some aviation experts concerned. 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.

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