FAA to Order Closer Inspection of 737 Engines

FAA to Order Closer Inspection of 737 Engines

FAA to Order Closer Inspection of 737 Engines

Southwest Airlines Co. confirms an accident involving Southwest Airlines Flight 1380.

Passengers struggled to plug the hole while giving the badly injured woman CPR.

The heartbroken and stunned family of a Vermont native killed in a freak accident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday said they are grateful Jennifer Riordan's fellow passengers and the jetliner's heroic pilot gave her loved ones closure.

The pilots of the Southwest Airlines plane, a twin-engined Boeing 737 flying from NY to Dallas with 149 people aboard, took it into a rapid descent and made an emergency landing in Philadelphia as passengers using oxygen masks said their prayers and braced for impact. And meanwhile, there was blood all over this man's hands.

"There was a family that lost a loved one", Needum said.

They were able to land the plane going at a speed of 165 knots, which is about 190 miles per hour.

Air rushed through the suddenly depressurized cabin, and "all this debris is flying in your face, down to the aisle of the plane, into the back of the plane", Tumlinson said.

"We could feel the air from the outside coming in, and then we had smoke kind of coming in the window".

A fan disk came apart inside the engine, cutting through the plane's hydraulic system and disabling all flight controls.

"When the window ruptures, you have those two pressure levels trying to equalize", said Ladd Sanger, an aviation attorney and licensed airplane and helicopter pilot.

The engine had 40,000 cycles on it, a quarter of those since it was overhauled, he said.

The terrifying string of events on Flight 1380 brought out acts of bravery among the 149 passengers and crew members and drew across-the-board praise for the cool-headed pilot who safely guided the crippled Boeing 737 to an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

Southwest declined to provide the plane's maintenance records to The Associated Press, but a spokeswoman said that the failed engine had experienced no unscheduled maintenance in the last 60 days.

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The NTSB is focusing on preventive measures, Sumwalt said.

It was a rough landing, Martinez said, and things were still so chaotic that he wasn't sure if the plane was going to crash.

"I didn't know if we were going to be running into a building".

Kathy Farnan, 77-year-old from Santa Fe, New Mexico, said people seated near her in the front, away from the damage, remained relatively calm. "Right now, we just want to document everything that we can".

The dead woman was identified as Jennifer Riordan, a Wells Fargo bank executive and mother of two from Albuquerque, N.M. The seven others suffered minor injuries.

"It was a lot of chaos back there - a lot of really upset people and a lot of noise, and a big rush of air, a big whoosh of air", Phillips said.

Sumwalt said the airliner's flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder were sent to Washington.

Sumwalt said part of the inquiry will look at the CFM International 56 turbofan engine.

Last year, the engine maker and the Federal Aviation Administration instructed airlines to make ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades of engines like those in Tuesday's accident.

"Everybody stood strong", he said.

In August 2016, a Southwest flight made a safe emergency landing in Pensacola, Florida, after a fan blade separated from the same type of engine and debris ripped a hole above the left wing.

The pilots said they had been interviewed by investigators Wednesday and would not be doing any media interviews.

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