Southwest Engine Explosion Leaves Family Of Victim In 'Unbelievable Shock'

Southwest Engine Explosion Leaves Family Of Victim In 'Unbelievable Shock'

The engine explosion aboard a Southwest Airlines jetliner puts new pressure on airlines and regulators to act faster to inspect the fan blades that may have snapped off and triggered the accident that killed a passenger.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the "airworthiness directive" will require inspections of a large number of CFM56-7B engines.

Southwest made the comments past year after USA regulators proposed making the inspections mandatory. Boeing delivered the plane to Southwest in July 2000, meaning that if the plane has been in continuous use it has made about three flights a day.

As the recent engine failure on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 has shown, it's still possible for something to go wrong. A woman sitting next to the window was partially blown out of it. Riordan was rushed off the plane with critical injuries, but later died.

The incident comes one day after one of the engines exploded on another Southwest flight traveling from NY to Dallas.

Passenger Bobby Martinez shared a photo of the incident on Facebook, showing the oxygen masks hanging from the plane's ceiling and several people wearing them. His wife nodded that it was OK for Needum to leave his family to help the injured woman.

Forty-three-year-old Jennifer Riordan, a married mother of two from New Mexico, was wearing her seatbelt when she was almost sucked out of that window.

One of the passengers that attempted to revive the unconscious mother of two was retired nurse Peggy Phillips. "That lady, I applaud her".

"Out of respect for her family, I am going to leave that alone", he said. "I can't imagine what they're going through".

Federal investigators were still trying to determine how a window came out of the plane. Others said he was selfish to focus on messaging instead of on the critically injured passenger a few rows away. Part of a fan blade had separated from the engine, and inspectors found evidence of a crack in the fan blade, which they said was consistent with metal fatigue.

The engine in question is a CFM56-7B turbofan, the product of a 40-year-old joint venture between GE Aviation and France's Safran Aircraft Engines called CFM International.

One of 24 fan blades was missing, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said in Philadelphia.

It was not immediately clear how many planes would be affected. That number could be higher now because more engines have hit the number of flights triggering an inspection.

Southwest said Tuesday night that it would inspect similar engines in its fleet over the next 30 days.

American Airlines has about 300 planes with that type of engine, and Delta Air Lines has about 185.

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

Asked if the engine failure was cause for concern about the reliability of the overall fleet of 737NG-series airliners powered by CFM56 engines, Sumwalt said: "We are very concerned about this particular event".

A National Transportation Safety Board inspection crew was also combing over the Boeing 737-700 for signs of what caused the engine to explode.

In a video message shared on Tuesday, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly expressed his condolences to the family and friends of Riordan.

Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said on Thursday the comments "were to add further clarification on items included in the proposed AD".

The NTSB's Sumwalt said, however, that the kind of wear seen where the missing fan blade broke off would not have been visible just by looking at the engine.

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