Maker of Failed Southwest Airlines Engine Calls for Closer Inspections

Maker of Failed Southwest Airlines Engine Calls for Closer Inspections

The manufacturer of the jet engine that blew apart at 32,000 feet in a deadly accident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight wants more jets to be inspected for potential problems.

Bank executive Jennifer Riordan died after being sucked half-out of a USA passenger jet flying at 32,000 feet when shrapnel from a blown engine smashed a cabin window. Investigators say a fan blade broke off in flight, triggering a chain of events that shattered a window on the Boeing 737-700.

The order, which it initially proposed in August following an incident in 2016, will require ultrasonic inspection within the next six months of the fan blades on all CFM56-7B engines that have accrued a certain number of takeoffs.

Engine maker CFM, a joint venture between General Electric and Safran, issued a service bulletin recommending stepped-up checks because the fan blades on the engine that failed on Tuesday would not have been covered for immediate inspections under the previous standards.

Other passengers were able to pull Riordan into the plane, where passenger Peggy Phillips, a retired nurse, rushed to her aide after hearing a call for anyone who knew CPR, reports ABC-6. On Tuesday, debris broke through one of cabin windows, and one passenger died as a result. Southwest became the nation's largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded.




Riordan died Tuesday after plane's engine exploded, sending shrapnel through a window.

A preliminary examination of the blown jet engine showed evidence of "metal fatigue", said U.S. transport officials. The emergency order is effective immediately and inspections must be completed within 20 days.

The Boeing 737 used on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 had a fault in one of its CFM56-7B engines.

Jim Hall, NTSB chairman during the Clinton administration, said all CFM engines on 737s should be inspected.

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