Southwest Flight 1380 became a midair scene of chaos and terror

20 April, 2018, 01:57 | Author: Bennie Parsons
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The cause of the incident is under investigation, but a "fatigue crack" in one of the failed engine's fan blade's is suspected to be the source of the problem.

The FAA said on Wednesday it would finalize the airworthiness directive it had proposed in August within two weeks.

An incident involving a Southwest Airlines flight in 2016 experienced a similar engine failure.

A FLIGHT ATTENDANT has warned travellers of the importance of paying attention to in-flight safety demonstrations, in light of the engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines plane two days ago. She was travelling home from a business trip in New York City when, according to US federal investigators, a hole was blown in the plane.

"Injured passengers, OK and is your airplane physically on fire?" asked a male voice on the other end, according to an air traffic recording.

Other passengers pulled her back in and tried to revive her but she died from her injuries.

"The listed cause of death seems consistent with what we've heard in media reports", department spokesman James Garrow said, though he could not confirm the nature of her death.

With his parents and wife next to him on Thursday, Needum spoke in a quiet voice to reporters, but declined to provide further detail on what happened in the back of the plane out of respect for Riordan's family. Who died on Southwest flight? "I'm going to send her a Christmas card, I'm going to tell you that, with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground". Investigators also did not find any pieces of the window inside the plane.


Bank executive Jennifer Riordan, 43, was killed when she was partially pulled through a gaping hole next to her seat in row 14 as the cabin suffered rapid decompression.

Federal investigators said a blade that broke off in mid-flight was showing signs of metal fatigue - microscopic cracks that can splinter open under the kind of stress placed on jetliners and their engines.

The Southwest flight was heading to Dallas from New York's La Guardia Airport with 144 passengers and five crew members on board when it was forced to land in Philadelphia after one of the 737's engines exploded, shattering a window and killing one passenger. It is something the FAA proposed making mandatory almost a year ago, but the draft directive was never approved. CFM's risk assessment. did not take credit for the number of fan blades already inspected in the fleet and the findings rate.

The Dallas-based carrier was not the only operator to ask for more time or suggest other changes as first the engine maker, CFM International, and then the FAA and its European counterpart proposed checks previous year for potentially flawed fan blades. That number could be higher now because more engines have hit the number of flights triggering an inspection.

Southwest is ordering inspections of its entire fleet.

The GE-Safran partnership that built the engine said it was sending about 40 technicians to help with Southwest's inspections. It will not be clear until the FAA issues its rule how many will need inspections. The incident marked the first passenger fatality on a US carrier since 2009.

"This fan blade was broken right at the hub, and our preliminary examination of this was there is evidence of metal fatigue where the blade separated", said NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt.

Pilot Tammie Jo Shults and the rest of the Southwest crew along with Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, all expressed their condolences. A spokeswoman said it was a visual inspection and oil service of the engines.

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