Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

FAA Will Order Engine Inspections After Deadly Southwest Airlines Flight

FAA Will Order Engine Inspections After Deadly Southwest Airlines Flight

"People are running on half asleep", she said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said a preliminary examination of the blown engine from Flight 1380 showed evidence of "metal fatigue".

With no apparent warning, the plane's left engine exploded after one of its fan blades broke off.

Investigators found the blade that detached showed signs of "metal fatigue" - microscopic cracks that can splinter open under the kind of stress placed on jetliners and their engines. CNN emailed Southwest, but the airline said it didn't have answers to that question and did not know how many engines could be affected. "Our hearts are heavy", the two pilots said in the statement. "We will do all that we can to support them during this very hard time".

She recalled attending a lecture on aviation during her senior year of high school, in 1979. "She was much more than a statistic", Marianne Riordan, the Wells Fargo executive's sister-in-law, told the Herald yesterday from her home in Williston, Vt.

"Everybody was going insane, and yelling and screaming", passenger Marty Martinez said of the flight, which left NY and was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

There are several types of inspections that planes must go through, ranging from an "A check", which is done about every eight to 10 weeks, to more-rigorous B, C and D checks.

Passenger Matt Tranchin told CNN affiliate, 6-ABC, he was thinking, "That I'll never live to see my son born. I walked up here and said 'that ain't a swimming pool" he explained. But I am. I am. "I do feel for the passengers who have been on rocky flights before".

"PEOPLE: Listen to your flight attendants!"

Riordan was partially sucked out of the shattered window, but fellow passengers rescued her.

The leading edge of the left wing was damaged by shrapnel from the engine explosion. No other details about that. The plane, flight 577, returned safely to Nashville's airport and no passengers were injured.

The blades, which sweep air backwards to help provide thrust, can be changed and repaired independently of the rest of the engine, meaning airlines that don't keep tabs have to examine more engines than anticipated, which adds time and cost.

The European Aviation Safety Agency announced in March that it is considering a similar rule based on the report from the September 2016 Southwest flight incident.

During the emergency landing on Tuesday, April 17, passengers were asked to wear their oxygen masks for safety reasons. And meanwhile, there was blood all over this man's hands. She'd always had a love for flying, and she chose the Navy only after the Air Force denied her a chance to become a pilot, Foster said. "I don't think there's a bad guy here", she said.

"They are all heroes who put others before themselves today", his wife wrote. "That was just chaos all around".

On Tuesday morning, pilot Tammie Jo Shults miraculously saved 148 lives by successfully completing an emergency landing at the Philadelphia International Airport.

They said they were working with investigators and would not be talking to the media.

"I'm not aware of any issues with the airplane or any issues with the engine involved", Kelly said at a news conference.

"I didn't know if we were going to be running into a building".

"I just remember holding my husband's hand, and we just prayed and prayed and prayed", said passenger Amanda Bourman of NY.

When it was all over, the pilot came out of the cabin and hugged everyone, telling them, "You all did a great job".

Andrew Needum, who is a firefighter in Texas, was the one who tried to save Riordan by performing CPR.

Seven people on the aircraft suffered minor injuries as air rushed out of the cabin - leaving people needing oxygen masks.

Sumwalt said the airliner's flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder were sent to Washington.

"There is something going on with these engines", he said, "and the statistical likelihood of additional failures exists".

"The directive will require an ultrasonic inspection of fan blades when they reach a certain number of takeoffs and landings". He said the scope of FAA action will depend on whether investigators find fatigue in other fan blades on the broken engine.

While Sumwalt has said that it is too early to make a direct comparison, the incident was reminiscent of the uncontained engine failure on a Southwest 737-700 on August 27, 2016, that forced pilots to divert to Pensacola International Airport, Florida, during a flight from New Orleans to Orlando.

Boeing said it is providing technical assistance in the investigation.

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