Deadly US plane engine failure sparks emergency inspections

Deadly US plane engine failure sparks emergency inspections

(CNN) - The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday ordered new inspection requirements for engines similar to the one that failed earlier in the week on a Southwest Airlines flight, resulting in a passenger's death.

"CFM recommends ultrasonic inspections within the next 20 days to fan blades of CFM56-7B engines with more than 30,000 cycles since new", said CFM.

Mrs Riordan was returning from a business trip in NY when the Southwest Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

"Southwest 1380, we're single engine", said Shults, a former fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy.

A Southwest Airlines plane flying from NY to Dallas had to make an emergency landing Tuesday morning in Philadelphia after one of its engines was damaged, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

April 17, 2018: Terrified passengers on board the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737.

The Southwest Airlines pilot hailed as a hero for her efforts to land a damaged aircraft after a deadly engine explosion texted a brief, but powerful message to a friend upon touching down: "God is good".

Passengers dragged her back into the cabin, but she died at a Philadelphia hospital after the plane made an emergency landing.

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"No, it's not on fire, but part of it's missing", the pilot, Capt Tammie Jo Shults, replies. The airline eventually did begin conducting inspections of certain engine fan blades.

Each inspection of the engines, which power Boeing 737 aircraft, takes about four hours, according to CFM International, a joint venture between America's GE Aviation and France's Safran Aircraft Engines.

The divergence marked a rare difference of approach between the two agencies, especially on one of the world's most-used aviation products.

He says someone had thrown a seat cushion to the window to prevent the cabin from losing any additional pressure. The engine that blew apart on Tuesday's Southwest flight would have been affected, since the company said it had 40,000 cycles.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that the jet's pilots "seemed very calm and assured of what they were doing", and said Shults and Ellisor "behaved in a manner that their training would prepare them for". Seven others were treated for minor injuries. More than 150 of those have already been checked, it said.

A spokesman for CFM told Gizmodo that the engine involved in Tuesday's incident was not subject to the Service Bulletins issued following the 2016 incident, and that Southwest had implemented the recommended inspections.

Planes with the CFM56-7B engine must be inspected in the next 20 days if the engine has been in service for around 20 years.

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