Southwest sends apology, $US5,000, to passengers on damaged jet

Apr 22, 2018, 01:46
Southwest sends apology, $US5,000, to passengers on damaged jet

Mandatory inspections will soon be ordered for jet engines similar to the one that failed in the deadly Southwest Airlines incident.

The EAD applies to certain CFM56-7B engines, specifically those that have been used for more than 30,000 total cycles.

It is estimated that the directive will affect 352 engines in the United States and 681 engines worldwide. The US Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Administration are making those recommendations into requirements.

The FAA has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) on Friday, April 20, regarding CFM56-7B engines - the same engine type on the Boeing 737 airplane involved in the Southwest accident on Tuesday, April 17.

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Jennifer Riordan, 43 and a mother of two, was sucked out of the broken window and pulled back inside by fellow passengers. The aircraft uses the same engine as Arik Air and Air Peace, two of Nigeria's leading airlines.

The directive comes after the left engine of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 suddenly blew apart during a Tuesday flight from NY to Dallas.

Sumwalt said the fan blade, after suffering metal fatigue where it attached to the engine hub, has a second fracture about halfway along its length. CFM, which issued a warning about the possibility of flaws in the fan blades a year ago, reported that it has manufactured 30,000 of the engines.

As reported earlier this month, a woman died while travelling on a Boeing 737 when a engine fan blade broke loose and caused an explosion at 30,000 feet.

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The ministry says the airlines should complete the checks by the end of August.

In March, an Arik flight from Lagos to Accra, Ghana, made an emergency landing after the pilot detected a smoke in the cabin.

In its letter, Southwest Airlines pointed to the ongoing National Transport Safety Board investigation into the incident but said its priority was assisting the traumatized survivors. Pieces of the plane were found in rural Pennsylvania by investigators who tracked them on radar. The administration had been under pressure to deal with this issue following a similar incident onboard another Southwest Airlines flight past year, although no one suffered an injury on that flight.

Airlines like Delta and Southwest, with large Boeing 737 fleets, are now working quickly to inspect the engines to re-assure passengers that the engines are safe and sound.

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