FAA expected to order accelerated engine checks after Southwest accident

23 April, 2018, 13:30 | Author: Terri Saunders
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The inspections on the oldest engines, those with fan blades that have made more than 30,000 flights, should have inspections within 20 days, according to the company's bulletin.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) each issued an emergency airworthiness directive Friday requiring airlines to perform an ultrasonic inspection of certain CFM56-7B engines.

"The inspection, conducted on-wing with an ultrasonic probe along the surface of the fan blade, takes about four hours per engine", the manufacturer said.

The Southwest Airlines pilot hailed as a hero for her efforts to land a damaged aircraft after a deadly engine explosion texted a brief, but powerful message to a friend upon touching down: "God is good".

Texas firefighter Andrew Needum and fellow passenger Tim McGinty tried to pull Jennifer Riordan inside the plane after she was sucked out of her window when the plane suffered an engine failure and a window exploded.

"I specifically said to her, 'Do I get a hug too?'" Benjamin Goldstein told the Dallas Morning News.

After trying to pull the woman back for several minutes, a man in a cowboy hat and a second man finally got her into her seat, Serafini said.

Other passengers were reportedly led off with crutches by firefighters.

Wilson, who is vice-president of Toronto area aerospace supplier Dishon Ltd., said the situation is slowly changing as more younger women enter engineering schools, which is frequently a stepping stone to higher positions.

It is not clear how many takeoff-and-landing cycles the engine in Tuesday's accident had gone through and whether it would have been covered by the FAA directive. Fortunately, the passenger compartment remained intact and the pilot was able to make an emergency landing in Pensacola, Florida without any injuries.

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The National Transportation Safety Board said a preliminary look at the engine shows one of its 24 fan blades was missing.

CFM recommended that fan blades with 20,000 cycles should be inspected by the end of August.

Mrs. Riordan, a Wells Fargo executive from New Mexico, was a "thoughtful leader who has always been a part of the fabric of our community", said Tim Keller, the mayor of Albuquerque.

"This is a sad day and our hearts go out to the family and the loved ones of the deceased customer", Kelly said.

She later died at a hospital from blunt impact trauma. "It's about knowing the difference between right and wrong, and choosing to do what's right, even when it's very hard to do what's right".

It also called her "the bedrock of our family".

"Jennifer wanted to do things to make a difference, not just at work and in the community, but just in general, she wanted to make things better", Larranaga said.

Wilson added that she doesn't believe sexual harassment is any bigger an issue in aviation than other sectors.

"Everybody is talking about Tammie Jo and how cool and calm she was in a crisis, and that's just Tammie Jo", Rachel Russo said.


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