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Hundreds of emergency jet engine inspections ordered world-wide

Hundreds of emergency jet engine inspections ordered world-wide

The Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency on Friday ordered emergency inspections of jet engines like the one that ruptured during a recent Southwest Airlines flight, leaving one passenger dead.

Southwest Airlines handed out $5,000 checks to various passengers after an engine explosion earlier this week that resulted in an emergency landing.

Engines that contain fan blades that have completed more than 30,000 "cycles", or have been in service for around 20 years, must be inspected in the next 20 days, according to EASA. The US Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Administration are making those recommendations into requirements.

Last June, CFM issued a service bulletin to its customers recommending inspections of some of its engines.

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. The jet, which was headed from NY to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The company also recommended that fan blades with 20,000 cycles be inspected by the end of August. "Since the AD was issued, a further failure of a fan blade of a CFM56-7B engine has been reported", EASA said. The engine in question, CFM56-7B, is in use on more than 8,000 Boeing 737 planes worldwide.

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A similar accident on a Southwest flight in August 2016 forced a plane, equipped with the same engine, to make an emergency landing. He was one of at least three passengers who said they received the letter.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators found signs of cracking and metal fatigue at the point where the blade broke.

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

On Wednesday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt, the chief investigator of United States aviation accidents, said he could not yet say if the incident pointed to a fleet-wide issue.

In the wake of Tuesday's tragedy, the FAA announced that it will require inspections of all CFM56-7B engines that have flown a certain number of miles.