FAA Issues Inspection Order for Boeing 737 Engines

FAA Issues Inspection Order for Boeing 737 Engines

This incident comes three days after a Southwest flight from NY to Dallas had to make an emergency landing after an engine exploded, shattering a window that killed one passenger and wounded seven others. He also said the FAA did not move quickly enough to require inspections after a punctured Southwest 737 was forced to make an emergency landing in 2016 in Florida because of an engine failure caused by metal fatigue. The European agency had given airlines nine months to check engines, while U.S. regulators still were considering what to do.

A malfunctioning CFM56-7B forced a Southwest Airlines flight from NY to Dallas to make an emergency landing on Tuesday.

Approximately 14,000 CFM56-7B engines are in operation, according to CFM, and the fan-blade inspections recommended within the next 20 days will affect about 680 engines.

The order, which it initially proposed in August following an engine failure in 2016 on another Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N) flight, will require ultrasonic inspection within the next six months of fan blades on all CFM56-7B engines that have accrued a certain number of takeoffs, while others will need inspections within 18 months.

Bank executive Jennifer Riordan, 43, was killed when she was partially pulled through the gaping hole as the cabin suffered rapid decompression.

United States and European airline regulators have ordered emergency inspections within 20 days of almost 700 aircraft engines similar to the one involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines engine blow out earlier this week, citing risks of a similar mishap. In that earlier case, a fan blade fractured and broke loose, bouncing in front of the engine's protective cover and then striking the plane, causing it to lose pressure. Specifically, engines with more than 30,000 total cycles from new must complete inspections within 20 days.

An FAA spokesman said the agency disputed that it had not agreed with European regulators on the response to the engine issue. More than 150 of those have already been checked, it said. CFM recommends that airlines use an ultrasound device, which can detect small cracks beneath the surface.

It was a Southwest Boeing 737 jet that suffered a catastrophic failure of one of its engines on Tuesday en route from NY to Dallas.

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