Southwest Airlines Response To Emergency Airworthiness Directive

The National Transportation Safety Board is onsite inspecting a Southwest airline plane after engine failure caused the plane to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport

The National Transportation Safety Board is onsite inspecting a Southwest airline plane after engine failure caused the plane to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order on Friday for airlines to inspect engines like the one involved in Tuesday's fatal incident involving Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, according to an FAA spokesperson.

Bank executive Jennifer Riordan died after being sucked half-out of a United States passenger jet flying at 32,000 feet when shrapnel from a blown engine smashed a cabin window. The National Transportation Safety Board said an engine fan blade on Flight 1380 suffered metal fatigue before breaking.

Airlines said that because fan blades may have been repaired and moved to other engines, the order would affect far more than 220 of the CFM56-7Bs, which are made by a partnership of France's Safran and General Electric.

After the first inspection, airlines should keep repeating the process every 3,000 cycles, which typically represents about two years in service.

The airline expected to wrap up its inspection of the engines it was targeting in about 30 days.

Passengers described scenes of panic as a piece of shrapnel from the engine shattered a plane window, nearly sucking Riordan out. A federal rule that would have called for inspection of fan blades within the engines proposed a time frame of 18 months to get the job done.

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The manufacturer told CNN it has been working with the FAA on the inspection procedures. The jet, which was headed from NY to Dallas, made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

Jim Hall, NTSB chairman during the Clinton administration, said all CFM engines on 737s should be inspected. She later died at a hospital.

The FAA last August notified carriers it was prepared to require inspections based on CFM's service bulletins, but had not finalised those inspections.

The new inspection is to be done while the engine is on the aircraft's wing.

Southwest, American Airlines, Delta and Alaska Airlines all began inspections of 737 engine fan blades a year ago after the 2016 Southwest incident, even though a proposed FAA requirement had not been finalised, the carriers said.