For survivors of Southwest engine explosion, what comes next?

For survivors of Southwest engine explosion, what comes next?

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday that it would order inspections on engine fan blades like the one that snapped off the Southwest plane and triggered the accident, a year after the manufacturer made a similar recommendation. The directive will require an ultrasonic inspection of fan blades when they reach a fixed number of cycles.

Chairman Robert Sumwalt told reporters that the fan blade had a second fracture about halfway along its length.

A National Transportation Safety Board inspection crew was also combing over the Boeing 737-700 for signs of what caused the engine to explode. CEO Gary Kelly said there were no problems with the plane or its engine when it was inspected on Sunday.

Although the FAA said the directive would apply to about 220 engines, airlines said that because fan blades may have been repaired and relocated, it would affect a far greater number.

The engine was on a Boeing 737 - the most popular airliner ever built.

"We may be seeing a new phenomenon involving engines as they get old", said Bill Waldock, an expert on aircraft accident investigations with the Embry Aeronautical University. The NTSB investigation could take 12 to 15 months to complete, Sumwalt said.

Officials say Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died after the plane heading from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Dallas made an emergency landing Tuesday in Philadelphia. That could translate to roughly 600 pounds of force acting on each of the plane's windows, which is why once the window was blown out, the resulting suction would be enough to pull a passenger from their seat.

"People are so entertained or trying to see the next joke, they tune out the important information", he said.

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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. Others said he was selfish to focus on messaging instead of on the critically injured passenger a few rows away. "It sounded like the plane was coming apart, and I think we pretty quickly figured out that something happened with the engine".

"Pilot Tammy Jo Shults was haild as a hero".

"It was a lot of chaos back there - a lot of really upset people and a lot of noise, and a big rush of air, a big whoosh of air", Phillips said.

Other passengers grabbed her body as she was being sucked out and as Flight 1380 began dropping toward the ground. "Our hearts are heavy".

NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt said the death was the first on a U.S. passenger airline in over nine years. Bobby Laurie, a former flight attendant turned TV show host, shared the photo with a reminder of how oxygen masks should be properly worn.

"Thank you. Thank you that she didn't go flying out the window and we wouldn't have her". But during the descent, Martinez said he and some of the plane's other passengers thought they wouldn't land safely. "Evidently the wrong person was taken from that flight", Dennis Miller said on Facebook in a posting that included colourful language to describe Martinez.

She told air traffic control: "So we have part of the aircraft missing, so we're going to need to slow down a bit".

They respond, "Southwest 1380, speed is your discretion".

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