US, Europe to order emergency inspections of engines after Southwest crash

US, Europe to order emergency inspections of engines after Southwest crash

On Wednesday, the agency said that directive will be issued within two weeks.

CFM is calling on airlines operating the CFM56-7B, which powers current-generation Boeing 737s, to carry out ultrasonic inspections within the next 20 days on fan blades which have been used in more than 30,000 cycles, it said in a statement.

The fan-blade inspections recommended within 20 days would be for engines with more than 30,000 cycles since delivered new-each cycle consisting of an engine start, takeoff and landing, and full shut down. The containment ring had likewise failed to protect the plane from shrapnel caused by the explosion.

Investigators are continuing to work on the Southwest 737 that had an engine blow out in flight on Tuesday, killing 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan.

In its letter, Southwest Airlines pointed to the ongoing National Transport Safety Board investigation into the incident but said its priority was assisting the traumatized survivors.

Southwest has sent a letter of apology, a $US5,000 cheque and a $US1,000 travel voucher to passengers who were on a flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after an engine exploded. The engine is built by CFM International, a partnership between General Electric and Safran Aircraft Engines, a French company.

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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. They've also recovered the airplane's cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder, and are still tracking down debris from the engine.

"It happens that there are disagreements about the right way to go in some cases, and this was one of them", the person familiar with the discussions said. One of the cracks was consistent with metal fatigue, he said.

Passengers described scenes of panic as a piece of shrapnel from the engine shattered a plane window, nearly sucking Riordan out. She died from blunt force trauma at a hospital. The passengers and the public were quick to call Tammie Jo Shults, one of the U.S. navy's first female fighter pilots, a hero.

"It could be on the airline in that they weren't inspecting the engines". The engine in question, CFM56-7B, is in use on more than 8,000 Boeing 737 planes worldwide.

The directive comes after the left engine of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 suddenly blew apart during a Tuesday flight from NY to Dallas.

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