FAA orders inspection of jet engines like those in Southwest accident

  • FAA orders inspection of jet engines like those in Southwest accident

FAA orders inspection of jet engines like those in Southwest accident

This April 17, 2018 photo provided by Marty Martinez shows the window that was shattered after a jet engine of a Southwest Airlines airplane blew out at altitude, resulting in the death of a woman who was almost sucked from the window during the flight of the Boeing 737 bound from NY to Dallas with 149 people aboard, shown after it made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

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

"If any further checks or actions are required following the incident in the US then these will be promptly and fully complied with, as is our policy", a Ryanair spokesman told The Irish Times.

The emergency airworthiness directive will require airlines to perform an ultrasonic inspection of certain CFM56-7B engines within 20 days of receipt of the order, it said.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European regulators will announce they are mandating the inspections that were recommended by engine maker CFM International, a partnership of France's Safran SA and General Electric Co, in a bulletin earlier Friday.

Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old bank executive from Albuquerque, New Mexico, died in Tuesday's accident. United Airlines executives said Wednesday that they had begun to inspect some of their planes.

It is unknown whether the FAA's original directive would have forced Southwest to quickly inspect the engine that blew up.

Before Wednesday's announcement, critics accused the FAA of inaction in the face of a threat to safety. "Because the F.A.A. didn't immediately require that airlines didn't undergo these inspections, the F.A.A. kind of is partially is responsible in a sense".

"There is something going on with these engines", he said, "and the statistical likelihood of additional failures exists". "Also, it recommends inspections by the end of August for fan blades with 20,000 cycles, and inspections to all other fan blades when they reach 20,000 cycles". A spokeswoman said it was a visual inspection and oil service of the engines.

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.

McNutt said it wasn't clear whether the airline or the engine manufacturer was responsible, and if the F.A.A. should have acted sooner in regards to engine inspections.

Mr Sumwalt said investigators found that the blade had suffered metal fatigue at the site of the break.