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Southwest sought more time to inspect engines

Southwest sought more time to inspect engines

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it will order inspections of at least 220 aircraft engines as investigators are focusing on a broken fan blade in an engine that exploded Tuesday on a Southwest Aiirlines flight, killing a passenger.

The proposed FAA directive in 2017 would have required ultrasonic inspections within six months of the directive's adoption for aircraft that had flown more than 15,000 cycles (one takeoff and landing is a cycle). In that case, the NTSB found that one fan blade had separated from the fan disk because of fatigue cracking.

The passenger sitting there, Jennifer Riordan, was sucked into the hole.

An explosion from the engine sent shrapnel smashing into the Boeing 737-700, shattered a window and pulled passenger Jennifer Riordan a 43-year-old mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico, halfway out of the plane.

The engine is identified in the FAA's registry database as a "CFM56 SERIES" engine, but it is identified more precisely in the media as a CFM56-7B.

As the plane ascended past 32,000 feet about 20 minutes into the flight from NY to Dallas, the left engine failed and parts of it flew off, shattering the window in Row 14.

Southwest Airlines said in an email Wednesday that workers did a visual inspection of the engine that failed.

The incident, which left one passenger dead, is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. The actions show there has been some concern, albeit non-urgent, about the engine, a workhorse of the global civil aviation fleet that has logged more than 350 million hours of safe travel, but was also being examined after a 2016 accident.

The issue, according to investigators was the fan blade in the engine.

He reportedly wrote: "I want you to know that I love you all and thank you for all you've done".

It is unclear whether that would have forced Southwest to quickly inspect the engine that blew up.

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Who was the victim?

Her employer, Wells Fargo, released a statement calling Riordan "a well-known leader who was loved and respected", while Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said "her leadership and philanthropic efforts made this a better place every day and she will be terribly missed".

Forty-three-year-old Jennifer Riordan, a married mother of two from New Mexico, was wearing her seatbelt when she was almost sucked out of that window. Fellow passengers were able to pull her back inside but she died of her injuries.

Seven other passengers were injured in the accident and treated on site. Her death was the first in an accident aboard a USA commercial airliner since 2009.

Who was the pilot?

Federal investigators are still trying to determine how the window came out of the plane.

I'm sorry. You said there was a hole and somebody went out?

MidAmerica Nazarene University, where Shults graduated, is highlighting the faith of their now-famous alum. Needum and retired school nurse Peggy Phillips began administering CPR for about 20 minutes, until the plane landed.

"The listed cause of death seems consistent with what we've heard in media reports", department spokesman James Garrow said, though he could not confirm the nature of her death.

How did the drama unfold?

The pilot, Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, a Navy fighter jet veteran, has been lauded for her calm and expertise in landing the plane safely. Bobby Laurie, a former flight attendant turned TV show host, shared the photo with a reminder of how oxygen masks should be properly worn.

Meanwhile, Shults is being lauded as a hero for handling the harrowing emergency landing.


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