Jet Engines To Be Inspected After Southwest Airlines Flight Engine Explosion

21 April, 2018, 04:59 | Author: Regina Silva
  • FAA orders emergency jet engine inspections after US plane failure

The Federal Aviation Administration today ordered ultrasound inspections of hundreds of jet engines like the one that blew apart at 32,000 feet in a deadly accident aboard a Southwest Airlines plane.

#FAA Statement (1/4): The FAA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) that requires operators to inspect fan blades on certain CFM56-7B engines within 20 days.

At issue are engines made by CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric Co. and France's Safran SA.

Bank executive Jennifer Riordan, 43, was killed when she was partially pulled through the gaping hole as the cabin suffered rapid decompression.

"CFM has about 40 people supporting the fan blade inspections under way at Southwest", said a GE spokesman.

The footage, filmed by a passenger as she breathed through her oxygen mask, shows flight attendants in a panic as they attempt to calm passengers down while the pilot makes an emergency landing. He also said that when the fire fighters arrived at the scene there was a small fire in one of the engines due to fuel leak.

Former NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker said in an interview the safety board will look at why the FAA had not already mandated the inspections that it had proposed in August 2017.

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Almost 300 people were on board a Delta Airlines plane headed to London from Atlanta Tuesday, when one of the engines caught fire.

The manufacturer of the engine that failed catastrophically on Tuesday on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 issued new guidelines on Friday that call for more frequent and more thorough inspections of its engine fan blades. Southwest told the FAA in October that airlines needed 18 months and that only certain fan blades should be inspected, not all 24 in engines.

Federal investigators were still trying to determine how a window came out of the plane. On Tuesday, an engine on another Southwest jet exploded over Pennsylvania, and debris hit the plane. The incident claimed the life of passenger Jennifer Riordan, the first fatality on board a USA commercial airliner since 2009.

If the FAA directive follows the original proposal, engines with more than 15,000 hours of use must be inspected within six months.

Southwest Airlines experienced an unrelated safety incident early on Wednesday when a Phoenix-bound flight was forced to land at the Nashville airport shortly after takeoff because of a bird strike.

The Southwest CEO protested that it is too soon to say whether Tuesday's incident is related to any other engine failures.

While failures on engines are rare, a 2008 report by the FAA found that "a number of rotor disk fracture and cracking events have originated from embedded anomalies", which were not detected during production inspections.


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