FAA to Order Closer Inspection of 737 Engines

New Mexicans mourn bank exec killed on Southwest flight

This new plan will require ultrasonic inspections of fan blades after a certain number of take-offs and landings.

"I felt moved to act, as well as others on the plane", he said.

Southwest flight 1380, a 737 with 144 passengers and five crew aboard, made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport on April 17 after experiencing an apparent left-engine explosion.

The same engine failed on another Southwest Airline flight two years ago.

Last year, the FAA estimated that some 220 of these engines would require testing, having carried out a certain number of flights.

The FAA has now ordered inspections of CFM56-7B engines, the type that failed on the Southwest flight and that is used in more than 6,700 airliners.

Jennifer Riordan was Vice President of Community Relations for Wells Fargo for nearly 10 years according to her Linkedin profile. The mayor of Albuquerque took to Twitter to express his condolences. I saw a large group of people around her aisle and I saw all this foam and it looked like it was from a fire extinguisher, but it was fire suppression foam from the engine. Southwest said it expected to wrap up its inspection of the engines it was targeting in 30 days. That led manufacturer CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric and France's Safran, to recommend last June that airlines conduct the inspections of fan blades on many Boeing 737s.

What do we know about the engines?

Just look at the left engine of Southwest Flight 1380, and it's obvious that something bad befell that machine.

Although oxygen levels in the air remain constant at 21 percent until altitudes of about 70,000 feet, reduced atmospheric pressure lowers air density, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

In a statement, CFM expressed its condolences to the family of the woman who died. One passenger died in the incident. "There was a lot of blood because she was hit by some of the shrapnel coming off the engine after it exploded". "Several medical personnel on the flight tended to the injured passenger", Johnson said.

Tuesday's emergency broke a string of eight straight years without a fatal accident involving a USA airliner.

Who was the pilot?

In the wake of the tragedy, numerous passengers on the harrowing flight have called Captain Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first women to become a Navy fighter pilot, a hero. "Our hearts are heavy", the pair said.

Boeing said it is providing technical assistance in the investigation.

Media captionAir traffic control: "I'm sorry, you said there is a hole?"

"It was just as if she and I were sitting here talking, " Virginia Shults said. Shults, a Navy veteran and one of the first female fighter pilots in the US military, was at the controls when the jet landed, according to her husband, Dean Shults.

"We want to very carefully understand what was the result of this problem, and as I mentioned a few minutes ago, I'm very concerned about this particular event", he said at news conference at the Philadelphia airport.

How did the drama unfold?

With oxygen masks over their mouths, passengers screamed and braced for impact.

Sumwalt said the pilots were able to straighten the jet within seconds after going into a 41.3 degree angle - something not common at all.

They've interviewed the pilots, examined the damaged engine and collected video footage from passengers who lived through those 22 minutes of chaos.

Those conditions explain how a passenger could be partially pulled into a small airplane window.

Asked if the plane was on fire, Ms Shults said: "Not on fire but part of it is missing".

"Those people. I'm sorry that they'll probably have images in their head that they'll never forget", she said, "but Jennifer would be the first to say your job is to keep living, and live well".

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