Southwest Airlines mechanics very anxious about safety in weeks before Flight 1380


The European Aviation Safety Agency on Friday ordered emergency checks on some Boeing 737 jet engines, followed by regular inspections, in response to two Southwest Airlines engine blowouts including a deadly accident earlier this week.

One of Flight 1380's jet engines failed roughly 30-minutes after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City, forcing a rough emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport. The letter also states that the airline's primary focus now is to assist the passengers who were aboard the flight in every way possible.

The pilot took the Dallas-bound twin-engined Boeing 737 with 149 people aboard into a steep descent as passengers using oxygen masks that dropped from the ceiling said their prayers and braced for impact. The metal fatigue would not have been observable by looking at the engine from the outside, Sumwalt said.

Shrapnel from the engine smashed the window, which caused rapid decompression in the cabin.

Ms Riordan, a mother of two from New Mexico, died despite attempts to revive her on the flight. Family, friends and community leaders are mourning the death of Riordan, a bank executive on a Southwest Airlines jet that blew an engine as she was flying home from a business trip to NY.

The GE-Safran partnership that built the engine said it was sending about 40 technicians to help with Southwest's inspections.

The order would have required an inspection on the engine that failed on Tuesday, said the person familiar with the action, who wasn't authorised to speak about it. CFM had previously recommended airlines first inspect engines with 15,000 flights or more, but the engine involved in Tuesday's failure only had 10,000 since its last overhaul and would not have immediately been checked.

The manufacturer had issued two service bulletins previous year calling for additional inspections of fan blades on the CFM56-7B engines following a similar episode in 2016 on another Southwest plane.

The manufacturer told CNN it has been working with the FAA on the inspection procedures.