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Engine manufacturer, FAA call for immediate inspections after Southwest Airlines fatality

23 April, 2018, 22:03 | Author: Kristi Dunn
  • Engine maker urges rapid inspections after Southwest failure

Southwest has already canceled 40 flights today so crews could conduct "accelerated" fan-blade inspections.

The FAA has ordered emergency ultrasound inspections on planes with engines similar to the one that was destroyed last week during a New York-to-Dallas flight.

Asia-Pacific airlines operate 2,316 Boeing 737s powered by CFM56-7B engines, but most of these aircraft are below the cycle threshold required by a new inspection protocol.

"After first inspection, operators are recommended to repeat the inspection every 3,000 cycles, which typically represents about two years in airline service", CFM added.

The inspections will focus on the fan blades, the FAA said. The airline stated that there were around 40 cancellations out of almost 4,000 flights on Sunday.

Engines with more 30,000 total takeoffs and landings must be inspected within 20 days. One passenger was killed after being partially sucked out of the window.

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If you're flying Southwest, check your flight status.

The affected Southwest Boeing 737 took off Tuesday morning from NY, headed for Dallas. Each aircraft has two engines. The inspection will involve all the fan blades from the CFM56-7B jet engines that have reached a certain number of flight hours.

Officials reported that the plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia following the accident.

In a statement released Sunday, Southwest said it notified customers Tuesday that there might be an impact because of the inspections. Manufacturer CFM International said in a statement last week it's assisting in the probe into the incident.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators found evidence of cracking and metal fatigue in the area where the blade failed.

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