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FAA Will Order Enhanced Inspections Of Engine Model That Blew Up

FAA Will Order Enhanced Inspections Of Engine Model That Blew Up

An NTSB structures group documented further damage to the aircraft.

Passengers can pass out a quickly as 15 to 20 seconds if the cabin depressurises and they don't wear the oxygen mask.

The agency said it plans to require an ultrasonic inspection of fan blades when they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings.

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said earlier that one of the 149 passengers and crew members on board was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The engine had 40,000 cycles on it, a quarter of those since it was overhauled, he said.

Sumwalt says the NTSB remains uncertain if the blades from the failed engine were subject to the FAA's 2017 directive; determining that information can be more hard than expected because part numbers can change, he says. "This is mitigated by both the manufacturers and the operators by routinely borescoping the inside of the engine. They said there's a hole and that someone went out", she said.

Southwest, meanwhile, said Tuesday that it is "accelerating its existing engine inspection program relating to the CFM56 engine family".

"There needs to be proper inspection mechanisms in place to check for this before there's a catastrophic event", said Sumwalt.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an airworthiness directive last month requiring a one-time ultrasonic inspection of each affected fan blade on models of CFM56 engines within nine months of April 2. An engine cycle lasts from when an engine starts until it shuts down. Boeing said it is providing technical help to the investigation, with which Southwest Airlines is cooperating.

Air New Zealand's most recent safety video says: "If you need some 21st century air, oxygen masks will fall down from above".

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The Southwest flight after its landing.

USA airline regulators will issue an order for similar engines to be inspected in the next six months. Any blades that fail the inspection will have to be replaced. To be able to extrapolate that to the entire 737 fleet, I will say that if we feel this is a deeper issue we have the capability to issue urgent safety recommendations. Last year, the FAA estimated that an order would cover 220 engines on USA airlines.

"The accelerated inspections are being performed out of an abundance of caution and are expected to be completed over the next 30 days", according to a statement on Southwest's website.

"Tim and Andrew pulled Jennifer back into our aircraft as it descended and Peggy gave CPR", McGinty's wife, Kristin, wrote in a Facebook post.

The aircraft involved today was a Boeing 737-700 (N772SW) and was enroute from New York LaGuardia (LGA) to Dallas Love Field (DAL).

American Airlines said fan blades in the engines that were of concern had been swapped out with those in similar engines. It led to the death of one passenger.

A fan disk came apart inside the engine, cutting through the plane's hydraulic system and disabling all flight controls.

Last year, the FAA estimated that an order would cover 220 engines on USA airlines. People can get killed in the rush.

After using volunteers to comb the surrounding countryside, inspectors found the fan disk buried in a field.

She is the first passenger on a USA airliner to die in an accident since 2009. Passengers have consistently provided conflicting and sometimes wildly misleading accounts of what happened - even when confronted with facts that would prove the contrary. "There have been occasions when the NTSB and the FAA have moved nearly instantaneously, but that's pretty rare".


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