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US, European aviation authorities order inspections after fatal Southwest engine failure

US, European aviation authorities order inspections after fatal Southwest engine failure

United States and European airline regulators on Friday ordered emergency inspections within 20 days of almost 700 aircraft engines similar to the one involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines engine blowout earlier this week, citing risks of a similar mishap.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) each issued an emergency airworthiness directive Friday requiring airlines to perform an ultrasonic inspection of certain CFM56-7B engines.

"She learned a lot about overcoming things as a woman in a male-dominated field", Russo said.

At a press conference Tuesday evening, NTSB head Robert Sumwalt told reporters that investigators had discovered substantial evidence of metal fatigue in the area where the fan blade separated from the hub.

With a total of more than 8,000 of the engines now in use on both commercial and military aircraft, the engine is considered one of the safest and most efficient in the world.

The terrifying chain of events on Flight 1380 brought out acts of bravery among the 149 passengers and crew members and drew across-the-board praise for the cool-headed pilot who safely guided the crippled jet to an emergency landing in Philadelphia during the 22-minute crisis.

The manufacturer had issued two service bulletins past year calling for additional inspections of fan blades on the CFM56-7B engines following a similar incident in 2016 on another Southwest plane.

The engine explosion on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 on Tuesday was caused by a fan blade that broke off, the FAA said.

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Southwest Airlines, which took in $21.2 billion in revenue previous year, operates on a low-priced model that offers cheap tickets for passengers willing to forego standard amenities offered by other airlines.

"I didn't feel any sort of sincerity in the email whatsoever, and the $6,000 total that they gave to each passenger I don't think comes even remotely close to the price that many of us will have to pay for a lifetime", he said Friday as he prepared to board a Southwest flight from NY.

Shults landed the critically damaged plane in Philadelphia International Airport, despite major structural damage and compromised hydraulics.

"I know God was with her, and I know she was talking to God", Virginia Shults said.

"No, it's not on fire, but part of it's missing", Shults said, pausing for a moment. A cycle includes an engine start, takeoff, landing and shutdown.

Another 2,500 engines will be impacted by the recommendation to inspect fan blades with 20,000 cycles by the end of August, CFM International said. The engine exploded and shrapnel caused the window next to the woman to break.

The manufacturer told CNN it has been working with the FAA on the inspection procedures. She was a Wells Fargo executive and mother of two children. And then there was a big boom, and we were all very confused for a second. At least one bought in-flight Wi-Fi as the jet descended so he could say goodbye to his loved ones. "In her memory, please do not forget to always be kind, loving, caring and sharing".


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