Southwest crews were inspecting similar engines the airline had in service, focusing on the 400 to 600 oldest of the CFM56 engines, made by a partnership of France's Safran and General Electric, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
The heartbroken and stunned family of a Vermont native killed in a freak accident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday said they are grateful Jennifer Riordan's fellow passengers and the jetliner's heroic pilot gave her loved ones closure. After the plane window shattered next to her, Jennifer was almost ejected from the plane. She suffered injuries to her head, neck and torso.
The pilots of the twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from NY to Dallas with 149 people aboard made an abrupt turn toward Philadelphia and began a rapid descent after the engine blew.
The woman later died, and seven others were injured.
Texas rancher Tim McGinty, of Hillsboro, said Tuesday that he and Needum struggled to pull 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan back into the plane. "But a safety demonstration is done at the start of every flight no matter where you're flying in the world", he said. Needum declined to detail the event. "I do feel for the passengers who have been on rocky flights before". "I'm going to send her a Christmas card, I'm going to tell you that, with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground". Officials are also still trying to figure out how the window came out of the plane, according to The Associated Press.
Philadelphia's medical examiner said Jennifer Riordan, 43, died of blunt impact trauma to her head, neck and torso on a Southwest Airlines flight from NY to Dallas on Tuesday.
The FAA proposed making the recommendation mandatory in August but never issued a final decision.
The Federal Aviation Administration is now working on a directive for high-tech inspections on all engine fan blades like the one involved in the fatal Southwest emergency that left a woman dead. An ultrasonic inspection of engine was scheduled to take place this December.
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As the plane descended steeply but steadily toward Philadelphia, the cabin was noisy from the open window, but the passengers were mostly quiet, maybe because they had their masks on, said passenger Amanda Bourman, of NY.
The Dallas-based carrier was not the only operator to ask for more time or suggest other changes as first the engine maker, CFM International, and then the FAA and its European counterpart proposed checks past year for potentially flawed fan blades.
Based on Tuesday's deadly incident, WestJet plans to speed up the required inspections on its own fleet, a spokesperson told CTVNews.ca.
Needum said he was surrounded on the plane by family members when they heard a "loud pop".
Just look at the left engine of Southwest Flight 1380, and it's obvious that something awful befell that machine. It won't be clear until the FAA issues its rule how many will need inspections. It was the first death in a USA commercial aviation accident since 2009.
'This fan blade was broken right at the hub, and our preliminary examination of this was there is evidence of metal fatigue where the blade separated, ' said NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt.
Sumwalt expressed concern about such a destructive engine failure but said it was too soon to draw any conclusions about the safety of CFM56 engines or the entire fleet of Boeing 737s, the most popular airliner ever built.
It is unclear whether the FAA's original directive would have forced Southwest to quickly inspect the engine that blew up.