Southwest Airlines sought more time for inspections before Boeing 737's engine exploded

20 April, 2018, 00:54 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • The United Way of Central New Mexico released this image of Jennifer Riordan

Southwest made the comments a year ago after USA regulators proposed making the inspections mandatory.

European regulators last month ordered checks within just nine months of April 2, following the 2016 engine incident at Southwest, although investigators warn it is too early to say whether the two problems are linked.

In this April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez, Martinez, left, appears with other passengers after a jet engine blew out on the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 plane he was flying in from NY to Dallas.

A female passenger died after being sucked into the hole and almost blown out of the cabin.

Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday after suffering a catastrophic engine failure and cabin decompression.

A passenger sitting near the window was sucked partially out of the plane before other passengers managed to pull her back.

"We laid her down and we started CPR", Phillips said. Needum declined to detail the event. I saw a large group of people around her aisle and I saw all this foam and it looked like it was from a fire extinguisher, but it was fire suppression foam from the engine. "I can't imagine what they're going through". Riordan, who was in a window seat in Row 14, was wearing a seat belt.

The plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia, where a passenger died of injuries from the explosion - the first death on a commercial airliner in the United States since 2009. Part of a fan blade had separated from the engine, and inspectors found evidence of a crack in the fan blade, which they said was consistent with metal fatigue. Photos posted on Twitter show the front of the left engine on the Boeing Co. The 2016 incident prompted the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to propose ultrasonic inspections of similar fan blades and their replacement should they fail the test. "So careful (visual) maintenance inspection from outside the fan blade would not have detected it, more than likely".

The FBI's office in Allentown says it fully expects people will find more pieces of the plane over the next few days.

Tammie Jo Shults, the pilot flying SW Airlines flight 1380, was able to bring the plane to a successful emergency landing as she explains to air traffic control what has happened.

A NTSB inspection crew was also combing over the Boeing 737-700 for signs of what caused the engine to explode.

CFM's parent companies are sending 40 technicians to help Southwest inspect engines.

American Airlines has about 300 planes with that type of engine, and Delta has about 185.

The last US airline fatality occurred on February 12, 2009, when Colgan Air Flight 3407 experienced an aerodynamic stall that was attributed by the NTSB to the captain's inappropriate response to the activation of the stick shaker. The NTSB's Sumwalt said, however, that the kind of wear seen where the missing fan blade broke off would not have been visible just by looking at the engine.

It is unknown whether the FAA's original directive would have forced Southwest to quickly inspect the engine that blew up.

Southwest Airlines Chairman of the Board and CEO Gary Kelly commended the plane's crew for its quick action during a press conference on Tuesday.



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